The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday announced the full fight card for UFC 78: Validation scheduled for the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Nov. 17.
In addition to the previously announced main event between former “Ultimate Fighter” winners Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping, the line-up will also feature a number of up-and-coming fighters.
Perennial top ten welterweight fighter Karo Parisyan will face former Pride Fighting Championships competitor Ryo Chonan, who will be making his UFC debut in the 170-pound division.
Knockout artist Houston Alexander returns, sporting a 2-0 record in the UFC, to take on undefeated Team Link fighter Thiago Silva.
In a lightweight match-up that is expected to be a “Fight of the Night” candidate, Spencer Fisher returns after recovering from a recent staph infection to face rising star Frankie Edgar.
After a multitude of injuries that kept him out of the UFC, David Terrell is finally set to return to face tough middleweight contender Ed Herman.
The undercard will feature Chris Lytle taking on American Top Team member Thiago Alves in a welterweight bout, former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Joe Lauzon against Jason Reinhardt, Luke Caudillo facing Marcus Aurelio in a lightweight contest, and former Pride fighter Akihiro Gono making his Octagon debut against Tamden McCrory.
Full UFC 78 Fight Card:
Rashad Evans vs. Michael Bisping
Karo Parisyan vs. Ryo Chonan
Houston Alexander vs. Thiago Silva
David Terrell vs. Ed Herman
Spencer Fisher vs. Frankie Edgar
Joe Lauzon vs. Jason Reinhardt
Chris Lytle vs. Thiago Alves
Luke Caudillo vs. Marcus Aurelio
Akihiro Gono vs. Tamden McCrory