Despite having gone the distance this past weekend in his UFC 83 bout with Sam Stout, Rich Clementi will be making a quick turnaround and fight again on May 24.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Tuesday that Rob Emerson has had to withdraw from his bout with Terry Etim scheduled for UFC 84 in Las Vegas. Clementi steps in to take his place.
Clementi battled Stout for the duration of their three-round fight, emerging on the winning end with the judges awarding a split decision in his favor. The win was Clementi’s fifth straight and his eighth bout in the past year and a half.
Etim will be fighting for the first time in his professional career outside of England. He has managed a 10-1 record on his home turf, his only loss coming by way of decision to Gleison Tibau when the UFC was last at the O2 Arena in London this past September.
UFC 84 is headlined by a lightweight championship bout between current titleholder B.J. Penn and former champion Sean Sherk. Other feature bouts include Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine and Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida.
UFC 84 Bouts (officially announced):
-B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk
-Lyoto Machida vs. Tito Ortiz
-Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva
-Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes
-Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic
-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
-Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Jon Koppenhaver
-Rousimar Palhares vs. Ivan Salaverry
-Shane Carwin vs. Christian Wellisch
-Dong-hyun Kim vs. Jason Tan
-Terry Etim vs. Rich Clementi