by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Joe Lauzon and Hermes Franca headline UFC Fight Night 17 in a lightweight showdown. The event will air live on Spike TV from the Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.

Lauzon most recently defeated Kyle Bradley at UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha, Neb. Franca returns to follow up on his winning performance over Marcus Aurelio at UFC 90 in Chicago.

“It’s kind of weird, but I’ve gone from undercard to main event, back to undercard, and now main event again,” said Lauzon, referring to his main event bout against Kenny Florian in Denver. “I’m not complaining at all. This is a huge fight for me, second only to my main event in Denver, which was more personal with both of us from Massachusetts.”

Other main card bouts feature a heavyweight bout between Cain Velasquez and UFC newcomer Denis Stojnic, Ultimate Fighter season 6 winner Mac Danzig faces off with Josh Neer, and Ultimate Fighter season 7 winner Amir Sadollah will battle Nick Catone.

Neer’s position on the fight card came into question last week following an early morning arrest on New Year’s Day in Iowa, but his management on Tuesday issued a statement saying, “Josh will be fighting Mac Danzig February 7 in the co-main event in Tampa as scheduled.”

UFC Fight Night 17 Fight Card:

Main Card Bouts:
-Joe Lauzon vs. Hermes Franca
-Cain Velasquez vs. Denis Stojnic
-Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer
-Amir Sadollah vs. Nick Catone

Preliminary Card Bouts:
-Kurt Pellegrino vs. Rob Emerson
-Jake Rosholt vs. Alessio Sakara
-Matt Grice vs. George Sotiropoulos
-Rich Clementi vs. Gleison Tibau
-Anthony Johnson vs. Luigi Fioravanti

Rumored Bout (not officially confirmed by UFC):
-Steve Bruno vs. Matt Riddle