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Spike TV to air UFC 116 weigh-ins, Petruzelli vs. Romero added to Spike TV live prelims

New York, NY, June 28, 2010 – Spike TV will telecast live coverage of the weigh-ins for the highly-anticipated “UFC 116 Lesnar-Carwin” fight card on Friday, July 2 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT. The main event features a showdown between the top two heavyweight mixed martial artists in the world, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight titlist Shane Carwin.

Spike TV also announces it will telecast the light heavyweight clash between “The Ultimate Fighter 2” alum Seth Petruzelli (14-5) and Ricardo Romero (10-1) on Saturday, July 3 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Petruzelli fight will join the already-announced Brendan SchaubChris Tuchscherer fight as part of the Spike TV live Prelims.

Fighting out of Orlando, Florida, the veteran Petruzelli scored his first big victory against mixed martial great Dan Severn in January 2004, winning a three-round decision. A year later he joined the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter 2” but lost to Brad Imes in the show’s semifinals. Petruzelli gained worldwide attention in October 2008 when he defeated Kimbo Slice with a first round TKO, and riding a four fight winning streak, he returns to the Octagon to take on Ricardo Romero, making his UFC debut.

Fighting out of New Brunswick, NJ, Romero is 10-1 in his mixed martial arts career, including winning his last five straight. A highly-regarded college wrestler for Rutgers University, Romero also scored a notable victory over “The Ultimate Fighter 10” alum James McSweeney in April 2009. The Petruzelli-Romero fight will replace the Grove-Reljic fight, which will no longer air live on Spike.

Other bouts on the card might air on Spike TV, to be determined by the length of the fights.
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5 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    Still can’t believe Seth Petruzelli is fighting in the UFC and it’s not a Kimbo rematch… Good for Seth, but I think they bought him as a welcome mat for this young gun.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Spike usually doesn’t show the weigh-in do they?

  • Dufresne says:

    I think they’ve shown a few weighs ins lately, but I’m not positive on that.

    Petruzelli is a pretty tough guy. I don’t think he really gets the respect he deserves mostly because his biggest “name” win is over Kimbo.

    This could be a pretty good fight to be honest. Seth is mostly a KO guy with a few submission losses to his credit and Romero is a wrestler with an almost 50/50 split of KO’s/Subs and only one loss via DQ. The problem is that Romero hasn’t really fought anyone of name except for McSweeny from TUF 10 and a guy who failed to make it into the house in TUF 11 (Costantinos Phillipou).

    I usually go with the fighter who’s shown more than one way to win, and I’m finding it hard to ignore that this time especially with Petruzelli’s 3 out of 4 losses coming via sub.
    Romero 2nd round submission: Kimura

  • MCM says:

    I agree with you Dufresne about people underestimating Petruzelli. Seth was a world ranked full contact karate champion before he started doing MMA, but most people only know him for his win of Kimbo and his antics with Lawler. He’s a good fighter that trains at a good camp and should know how to handle a wrestler.
    Romero though has wins over 2 or 3 decent opponents, but most of his wins are over guys with losing records. Seth is easily his biggest test to date.

    I think the UFC is looking at both these guys as prospects and both have the potential to make waves in the division.

  • captchaos says:

    Romero has skills. I have seen hom fight a few times in local shows. He tooled James McSweeney easily. McSweeney has NO business being in the UFC at ALL!

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