If everything goes down as planned for the Jan 22 “Fight for the Troops” show in Fort Hood, Tex. the men and women of the Armed Forces will get a lightweight battle as their main event as Kenny Florian and Evan Dunham have agreed to face off as the headliner for the show.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the negotiation on Tuesday. Heavy.com initially reported the fight on Monday as well.
After a title run that saw him land in his hometown of Boston for UFC 118, Kenny Florian (13-5) came up short in his fight against Gray Maynard, and the one time “Ultimate Fighter” alum went back to the drawing board to figure out what went wrong.
Concentrating on his wrestling following the loss in August, Florian had announced previously that he was set to face Dunham on the Super Bowl card, but now it appears the lightweight tilt will go down in January instead.
Hoping to bounce back from a loss of his own, Evan Dunham (11-1) tasted defeat for the first time ever in his career back in September when he faced former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk. The loss didn’t come without controversy though as most thought Dunham had won the fight despite the split decision not in favor of Sherk.
UFC president Dana White even voiced his opinion that he believed Dunham won, but the decision fell to the former champion and so now the Oregon native will get back on the horse, and face a very tough test in the form of Kenny Florian in January.
The Jan 22 show has been all but set for the next installment of the “Fight for the Troops” series set to go down at Fort Hood in Texas. Sources confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Monday that negotiations are underway to bring the show to the troops in Texas, but the final word has yet to be confirmed at this point.