The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Sunday announced the addition of three light heavyweight bouts to its UFC 84 fight card scheduled for May 24 in Las Vegas.
In addition to the main event title bout between current lightweight champion B.J. Penn and former champion Sean Sherk, bouts featuring Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic, Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes, and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura will be featured.
Gouveia is in the midst of a four-fight winning streak since losing his first UFC bout to Keith Jardine on the finale of season three of The Ultimate Fighter reality series. In Reljic, he faces a Croatian fighter making his Octagon debut, but who is also undefeated in seven professional bouts.
Initially scheduled to face Rashad Evans, Silva is now paired up with another fighter making his UFC debut, fellow Brazilian Antonio Mendes. Silva is 12-0 in professional competition and looks to keep that streak alive as he tries to position himself for a title shot. Mendes promises to make for difficult competition, however, as he is on an 11-fight winning streak and has a knack for finishing his opponents.
Entering the UFC on the heels of stunning knockouts of two Top 10 fighters, Sokoudjou suffered a difficult defeat in his Octagon debut, losing to No. 4 ranked Lyoto Machida. Nakamura also lost to Machida in his UFC debut, giving him back-to-back losses for the first time in his career.
Previously announced bouts for UFC 84 include Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine, and Tito Ortiz, on the last fight of his UFC contract, facing Lyoto Machida, bringing to five the total number of light heavyweight bouts on the May 24 fight card.
UFC 84 Bouts (officially announced):
-B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk
-Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva
-Lyoto Machida vs. Tito Ortiz
-Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic
-Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes
-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
UFC 84 Bouts (unannounced):
-Rousimar Palhares vs. Ivan Salaverry
-Dong-hyun Kim vs. Jason Tan
-Terry Etim vs. Jeremy Stephens
-Shane Carwin vs. Christian Wellisch