by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The card for the Ultimate Fighting Championship show set to take place Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas is filling up quickly. MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that David Heath will return to the Octagon to face undefeated former International Fight League fighter Andre Gusmao in an undercard bout.
After starting his career with an impressive undefeated run, Heath has dropped his last two bouts, but hopes to rebound with a win at UFC 81.
He was a part of the controversial bout with Renato “Babalu” Sobral that saw the Brazilian hold onto a fight-ending choke too long. It was a maneuver that eventually cost Babalu his UFC career.
Now, the Oklahoman will face another tough test in light heavyweight Gusmao, who will make his debut in the UFC after a 4-0 run in the IFL. Formerly a part of Renzo Gracie’s Pitbulls, he comes to the UFC with an overall undefeated record of 5-0.
Defeating fighters such as Mike Ciesnolevicz and Brent Beauparlant during his time with the IFL, Gusmao primarily served as an alternate for his team, but he will step out of the shadows for his Octagon debut against Heath at UFC 81.
The only bout that has been officially confirmed by the UFC for Feb. 2 is the likely main event between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir.
Bouts rumored for UFC 81, but not yet officially confirmed:
-Nathan Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
-Tyson Griffin vs. Gleison Tibau
-Alan Belcher vs. Ricardo Almeida
-David Heath vs. Andre Gusmao