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Newcomer Derek Downey signed to replace Sadollah vs. Nick Catone at UFN 17

Six-year veteran Derek Downey is the latest signing by the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is slated to make his Octagon debut on Feb. 7 at UFN Fight Night 17 against Nick Catone.

Downey replaces season seven middleweight winner from The Ultimate Fighter Amir Sadollah. learned of the possible Downey signing on Tuesday afternoon and was the first to confirm the news.

Downey, a native of Orem, Utah, trains under Jeremy Horn and holds a 10-3 record as a pro. He has tried out for the last two seasons of The Ultimate Fighter but now finds himself in the UFC after winning three consecutive fights and four out of his last fight.

He will debut against fellow newcomer Catone, a New Jersey-based fighter who is a former USKBA middleweight champion. Catone is 5-0 after turning pro in 2007 and has competed primarily for Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat. A standout wrestler, Catone holds notable wins against Eric Tavares and current UFC fighter John Howard.

UFN 17 will emanate from USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. As of now, the complete lineup is as follows:

Televised Main Card –

  • Joe Lauzon vs. Jeremy Stephens
  • Cain Velasquez vs. Denis Stojnic
  • Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer
  • Nick Catone vs. Derek Downey

Preliminary Bouts –

  • Kurt Pellegrino vs. Rob Emerson
  • Jake Rosholt vs. Dan Miller
  • Matt Grice vs. George Sotiropoulos
  • Rich Clementi vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Anthony Johnson vs. Luigi Fioravanti
  • Steve Bruno vs. Matt Riddle
  • Rich B says:

    Can’t imagine that fight will stay on the main card. I know they have no name appeal, but I would like to see Grice v. Sotiropoulos get elevated.

  • Lethal says:

    Nice to see that Catone has gotten an opponent and his career isn’t being put on hold so UFC use him only tight Sadollah. But I don’t think that Catone will still be fighting on the main card, Johnson vs. Fioravanti probably has that slot now.

  • Jeremy says:

    Yeah, I’d love to see Johnson-Fioravanti replace this fight on the main card. Or perhaps Pellegrino-Emerson.

  • rondog6669 says:

    This sucks Derek Downey was suposed to fight Shonie Carter at Throwdown Showdown III Febuary 20th in Salt Lake City.

    Downey by quick SUB

  • NJMMAFAN says:

    Yea im hoping Johnson vs Fiorivanti gets moved up, and whats Amirs deal how did he make it through the show unhurt but now its time to make money and put on a show and he cant make it to fight night

  • Dm says:

    If u all don’t think nick should be on the main card yur either crazy or never saw him fight


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