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UFN 18 fight between Johnson and Fioravanti promoted to Spike TV telecast

As one door closes another one inevitably opens up.

In this case Amir Sadollah’s misfortune has turned into Anthony Johnson’s and Luigi Fiorvanti’s good fortune. With Sadollah once again forced to withdraw from a scheduled fight with UFC newcomer Nick Catone, the UFC has promoted a the welterweight clash between Johnson and Fioravanti to the main card of this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 17 telecast on Spike TV.

MMAJunkie was the first to report the addition of the bout to the main card.

Johnson is coming off an impressive knockout victory over Kevin Burns at the live finale for the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Johnson was able to extract a measure of revenge on Burns, who month’s earlier was awarded a very controversial victory following an illegal eye poke that went unseen by referee Steve Mazzagatti.

Fioravanti is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Brodie Farber at December’s “Fight For The Troops” special. The former Marine is 2-1 in his last three fights and has displayed a strong chin during his UFC career.

Sadollah is not the only fighter who has been forced to withdraw from a UFN 17 due to injury. Hermes Franca had been scheduled to fight Joe Lauzon during the show’s main event but suffered a torn ACL while training and has since been replaced by Jeremy Stephens. Additionally, TUF 6 veteran George Sotiropoulos and middleweight Alessio Sakara also suffered injuries and were scratched as well.

  • iamphoenix says:

    ohhhhh snaps!!!!

  • goodguy says:

    This is a great move. I was really hoping that this fight would find its way onto the main card somehow. Luigi only continues to improve (even in his losses). At first, I thought he was only in the UFC because he had a lot of heart and could draw the military crowd; however, I have enjoyed all of his fights. His chin will definitely be put to the test against Rumble Johnson.

  • goodguy says:

    *I have enjoyed all of his fights because the guy really knows how to fight.

  • meatloaf says:

    Anthony “Rumble” Johnson will add to his highlight reel KO’s in this fight.
    So I’m glad it’s going to make the broadcast. Fioravanti is a tough guy so I can see him taking a beating in this fight before he gets finished.


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