by Lee Whitehead & Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Ian “The Machine” Freeman will step out of retirement to challenge Paul Cahoon for his British light heavyweight title at Cage Rage’s May 10 event in London. Cage Rage promoter David O’Donnell on Thursday confirmed that the bout is signed.
When contacted about the fight, Freeman simply stated, “I am not saying anything to anyone about this. I want to let my talking be my performance in the cage. I won’t be saying anything to anyone about it.”
Freeman last competed in September of 2006, when he defeated Mark Epstein at Cage Rage 18 to capture the light heavyweight championship that he will try to wrest from Cahoon.
He retired, for the second time, in early 2007, telling MMAWeekly.com, “My career in TV is going big now and I don’t have the time to train as hard as I need to for a fight.”
Even then, Freeman had left the door open for a possible return, such as this one, saying, “You know how it is, a true fighter never retires…”
He is perhaps best known in the fight world for his victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir at UFC 38.
On a five-fight winning streak, Cahoon is coming off of a quick TKO victory over Elvis Sinosic at Cage Rage’s December event.