by Tom Hamliin – MMAWeekly.com
A heavyweight match-up between fast-rising prospect Junior dos Santos and Team Punishment’s Justin McCully should be on its way to UFC 102 in August. Though Portland is widely expected to host the event on the 29th, the UFC has yet to confirm its date and location.
Sources close to the fight informed MMAWeekly.com that the fighters have agreed to the bout, and McCully is expected to sign his bout agreement shortly.
McCully, 33, was last seen at UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” this past December, where he outpointed Eddie Sanchez to earn a unanimous decision victory. The Huntington Beach resident was scheduled to take on Neil Grove at UFC 95, but was forced to withdraw due to injury. It was the second time he was scratched from a card due to injury, the first being a fight with Christian Wellisch at UFC 76 that was cancelled when he re-injured his elbow. A wrestling specialist, he is currently 2-1 in UFC competition with an overall record of 9-4 with 2 draws.
The 24-year-old dos Santos began his Octagon career at UFC 90, where he turned heads with a first-round knockout over the heavily favored Fabricio Werdum. The hard-striking Brazilian followed the upset with a quick TKO victory over Dutchman Stephan Struve at UFC 95. He trains with former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and former WEC middleweight champ Paulo Filho. Overall, he carries only one blemish in nine professional appearances.