September 17, 2005

Press Release
In addition to the previously announced bouts featuring UFC Heavyweight Champion Andre Arlovski defending his belt against contender Paul Buentello and the light heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 1, Forrest Griffin taking on returning UFC veteran Elvis Sinosic, the UFC has announced the following three additional bouts:

Heavyweight Bout: Sean Gannon vs. Branden Lee Hinkle
Sean Gannon (1-0) 6’3″/265 lbs., fighting out of Boston, Mass. will square off against Branden Lee Hinkle (12-6) 6’2″/235 lbs. in a highly-anticipated heavyweight match. Gannon, a strong striker with a great chin, is a six-time Golden Gloves Champion, a Northeast Regional Boxing Champion, a Massachusetts State Heavyweight Judo Champion (Black Belt Division) and a NAGA World Grappling Champion. Hinkle, fighting out of Weirton, WV possesses heavy punching power and is known for grounding and pounding his opponents. He is a NCAA DIV II national wrestling champ and a US national freestyle All-American.

Heavyweight Bout: Keigo Kunihara vs. Marcio Cruz
Keigo Kunihara (3-1-0) 6’0″/235 lbs., fighting out of Orlando, FL, will meet Marcio Cruz (0-0-0) 6’4″/246 lbs. fighting out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in another action-packed heavyweight bout. Both fighters are making their UFC debut with plans to score a swift victory. Kunihara is an excellent grappler and is a National Judo Champion. Cruz, a six-time world champion of Jiu-Jitsu and an eight-time Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu champion, is very comfortable on the ground and possesses excellent submission skills.

Light Heavyweight Bout: Chael Sonnen vs Renato Sobral
Chael Sonnen (15-6-1) 6’1″/205 lbs. fighting out of Milwaukie, OR will be making his UFC debut against Renato Sobral (25-5-0) 6’1″/205 lbs. fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sonnen, an excellent wrestler with explosive speed, is a two-time University National Wrestling Champion, a NCAA All-American and a US Olympic Team Alternate. Sobral combines wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai into one highly effective package. One of the top light heavyweights in the world, Sobral is coming off a victory against Travis Wiuff at UFC 52 (4/16/05) with an armbar :24 into the second round.