The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday announced the addition of two new heavyweights to the promotions roster. Cain Velasquez and Brad Morris will face each other as part of the undercard as the promotion makes its Canadian debut on April 19 in Montreal.
As part of the event featuring a title-unification bout at UFC 83 between current welterweight champion Matt Serra and hometown fighter and interim champion Georges St. Pierre, Velasquez and Morris are part of an apparent push by the UFC to bolster its heavyweight talent. The promotion also recently signed Shane Carwin for its May 24 UFC 84 card to face returning American Kickboxing Academy fighter Christian Wellisch in Las Vegas.
Also a product of AKA in San Jose, Calif., despite having only two professional fights to his credit, Velasquez brings with him to the Octagon the experience of one of the stronger fight camps in the sport. Along with Wellisch, he counts among his training partners the No. 3 welterweight in the world in Jon Fitch, the No. 5 welterweight in Josh Koscheck, Ultimate Fighter veteran Mike Swick, heavyweight fighter Paul Buentello, and many more. Velasquez has a strong base in wrestling, twice earning All-American honors in the sport while competing for Arizona State University.
Entering the UFC riding a three-fight winning streak, which includes a victory over UFC veteran Kristof Midoux, Morris brings with him a penchant for grounding and pounding his opponents and more than five years of experience in mixed martial arts.
“Fighting in the UFC is the pinnacle of MMA, and thinking about some of the great fighters that have fought for the UFC is a humbling thought,” said the Morris, a 29-year-old native of Australia. “The offer to fight in the UFC is recognition of all the hard work and sacrifice that I have put myself through, and it’s great that it’s finally paid off.”
Although a bout between Ed Herman and Damian Maia has been rumored for UFC 83, the current fight card announced by the UFC now stands at ten bouts.
Bouts officially announced for UFC 83:
-Matt Serra vs. Georges St. Pierre
-Rich Franklin vs. Travis Lutter
-Nate Quarry vs. Kalib Starnes
-Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy
-Mac Danzig vs. Mark Bocek
-Jason MacDonald vs. Joe Doerksen
-Sam Stout vs. Rich Clementi
-Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Jonathan Goulet
-Alan Belcher vs. Jason Day
-Cain Velasquez vs. Brad Morris
Rumored bout for UFC 83:
-Ed Herman vs. Demian Maia