by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The UFC today officially announced the final line-up for the UFC Fight Night event, taking place on September 19th as a lead-in to the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show featuring welterweight champion Matt Serra and contender Matt Hughes as coaches.
In the main event of the evening, rising lightweight fighters Din Thomas and Spencer Fisher will square off in what should be an action packed fight.
Din Thomas is currently on a three-fight win streak in the UFC and since returning during the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter has been displaying some of the most well rounded skills in the entire 155lb division.
His opponent, Spencer Fisher, is coming off of possibly the best performance of his career after dismantling Canadian striker Sam Stout in a highly contested rematch in June.
The undercard for this UFC Fight Night could literally be one of the most stacked in the history of the show, taking place on Spike TV.
Mike “Quick” Swick will make his debut at 170lbs as he takes on tough Canadian fighter, Jonathan Goulet. The two fighters have been taking jabs at each other via the Internet for the past few weeks and now they will face off to settle the rivalry.
Chris Leben, who was originally slated to take on Swick, but then pulled out when the fight was set to take place at 170lbs, will take on Terry Martin in what could be a make or break fight for Leben in the UFC.
Leben has lost 3 out of his last 4 fights and Martin has looked absolutely devastating since dropping from light heavyweight to middleweight a few months back.
Also on the show, The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 winner Nate Diaz will make his official UFC debut when he takes on Junior Assuncao in a lightweight bout. Diaz defeated Manny Gamburyan in the finale for The Ultimate Fighter, while Assuncao is currently 1-1 in the UFC with his last fight being a victory over David Lee at UFC 70.
In one of the most interesting bouts of the evening that may not make it to television, former The Ultimate Fighter competitor, Nate “Rock” Quarry makes his return to the Octagon for the first time in almost 2 years for a rematch with Pete “Drago” Sell, who will also be seen on the latest installment of The Ultimate Fighter as an assistant coach to Matt Serra.
Leonard Garcia, who is remembered most for his unbelievable three-round war with Roger Huerta at UFC 69, will step in and take on Cole Miller from the last season of The Ultimate Fighter show.
Rounding out the card will be The Ultimate Fighter alum, Gray Maynard, who will face Joe Veres in lightweight action.
UFC Fight Night will take place on September 19th live on Spike TV from the Palms in Las Vegas.
MAIN EVENT: Din Thomas vs. Spencer Fisher
Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet
Chris Leben vs. Terry Martin
Nate Diaz vs. Junior Assuncao
UNDERCARD (May Not Be Televised)
Nate Quarry vs. Pete Sell
Gray Maynard vs. Joe Veres
Leonard Garcia vs. Cole Miller