The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday officially announced additional bouts for its UFC 82 event scheduled for March 2 in Columbus, Ohio.
The main event features a middleweight title bout between defending champion Anderson Silva and the final Pride Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder, Dan Henderson.
The promotion confirmed three more fights that had been highly rumored by MMAWeekly.com for some time. Those bouts include a heavyweight fight between former Pride fighter Heath Herring and French kickboxer Cheick Kongo, a middleweight contest of Yushin Okami versus the returning Evan Tanner, and a lightweight bout between Ultimate Fighter veteran Josh Koscheck and local Ohio favorite Dustin Hazelett.
The March 2 event takes place at the Nationwide Arena, the same location where the UFC set the national total attendance record for a mixed martial arts event at 19,079.
UFC 82 bouts, officially announced:
-Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson
-Cheick Kongo vs. Heath Herring
-Yushin Okami vs. Evan Tanner
-Josh Koscheck vs. Dustin Hazelett
UFC 82 rumored bouts, not yet announced:
-Jon Fitch vs. Chris Wilson
-Andrei Arlovski vs. Jake O’Brien
-Diego Sanchez vs. David Bielkheden
-Luke Cummo vs. Luigi Fioravanti
-Jorge Gurgel vs. John Halverson