Former UFC welterweight John “Doomsday” Howard has his first post-Octagon fight booked as he takes on former ‘”Ultimate Fighter” competitor Charlie Rader in the main event of Championship Fighting Alliance 3 in Miami.
The bout is scheduled to go down on Oct. 9 at Miami’s U.S. Century Bank Arena.
Howard returns to action for the first time since a loss to Matt Brown at UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh in June. The loss was Howard’s third in a row, and following the event the promotion released him.
Howard’s long-term goals are to get back to the UFC and face the top welterweight competition in the world, but the first step is to get past Rader in October.
“It’s going to be a war,” said Howard. “He likes to bang, and that is what has me excited about the fight. I like to bang. Anybody that is going to stand up and go toe to toe, I’m excited to fight, and I think this will be a perfect fight for that.”
Rader will be making his return to action for the first time since his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter” ended. He hopes to build his way towards a UFC debut by beating a veteran in Howard.
“John Howard, I got to knock him out,” Rader stated.
The event will also feature the semifinal round of the CFA lightweight tournament including Yosilandy Izuierdo, Christopher Garcia, Trent McCown, and Patrick Cenoble.
CFA 3 will also kick off the promotion’s featherweight tournament with more details about the fighters involved to be announced at a later date.