by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed that Ivan Salaverry will be making his return to the Octagon. He is currently scheduled to face Terry Martin in a UFC middleweight bout.
Salaverry last fought in the UFC against current middleweight contender Nate Marquardt in a losing effort at the first Ultimate Fight Night telecast live on Spike TV. He was subsequently cut loose from the UFC.
Returning to action in the cage at the World Fighting Alliance’s short-lived return in Los Angeles, Calif., Salaverry belied his acumen as a ground technician battering Team Quest fighter Art Santore en route to a TKO victory.
While under a non-exclusive contract with the WFA, Salaverry considered fights in both the Gracie Fighting Championships and the International Fight League, but when Zuffa – the UFC’s parent company – purchased select assets of the WFA when they bottomed out, Salaverry’s contract was picked up as part of the deal. Salaverry has remained out of action due to shoulder surgery, but is now ready to return.
Nearing two years since the UFC bout with Marquardt, Salaverry (12-4) steps into the Octagon at UFC 71 on May 26 to face Terry Martin (15-2). Martin is riding a three-fight winning streak, including his successful UFC middleweight debut – a stunning 14-second knockout of Jorge Rivera at UFC 67 in February.
Fighting out of Chicago, Ill., Martin recently earned his Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Concordia University and is currently working towards his doctorate.
UFC 71 is scheduled to take place the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on May 26.