- THREE NEW FIGHTS ANNOUNCED FOR UFC 62

July 31, 2006
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By Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
(pictured: Thiago Alves)

The high amount of shows that the UFC has been running in recent months is starting to show, with more and more fighters coming back from losses to compete in undercard fights. Four more competitors, all coming off losses, will try to get back on the winning path at UFC 62.

In a welterweight bout, Josh “The Dentist” Neer, fresh off a decision loss to Josh Burkman at UFC 61, returns to take on American Top Team member Thiago Alves, who was last seen losing to Jon Fitch by TKO on June 28th. Currently, Alves is 2-2 in the Octagon, with wins over Ansar Chalangov and Derrick Noble, as well as losses to Fitch and Spencer Fisher.

Neer also holds a 2-2 record in UFC action, with his biggest win coming against Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Joe Stevenson. Neer is a solid striker who is durable and refuses to quit in any fight, but he looked content to taunt Burkman in his last fight rather than going all-out for the win.

The light heavyweight division was long suffering for new blood, but as of late more and more 205-pound fighters are finding their way to the UFC. Two of those fighters will square off at UFC 62 as another American Top Team member, Wilson Gouveia faces off against Wes Combs. Gouveia is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Keith Jardine on the UFC’s June 24th show, while Combs lost to TUF 3 contestant Mike Nickels on that same show.

Gouveia did look good for the first couple of rounds in his bout against Jardine, but it was likely his lackluster third round that did him in. Combs was highly touted coming into his bout with Nickels, but was quickly submitted by rear naked choke in the first round of their fight.

Also on the card will be UFC first-timers Cory Walmsley and David Heath in a light heavyweight fight. Walmsley has a solid record, but hasn’t really faced much top competition, while Heath is currently undefeated in professional MMA.

UFC 62 will take place on Saturday, August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view.