A lightweight battle between castmates from the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is the latest bout added to UFC 87, scheduled to take place on August 9 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. It was be Manny Gamburyan, the runner-up from TUF 5, taking on Rob Emerson.
The news was first reported on Monday by our friends at MMAjunkie.com.
Since losing the TUF 5 final against Nate Diaz due to a shoulder injury, Gamburyan has gone 2-0 in the UFC with submission wins over Nate Mohr at UFC 79 and Jeff Cox at UFC Fight Night 13.
Emerson, who is 7-6 according to Sherdog’s fight finder, last competed at UFC 81 in February, where he recorded a split decision victory over Keita Nakamura. He had been scheduled to fight this past weekend vs. Terry Etim at UFC 84 as an injury replacement, but he ended up having to be replaced himself by Rich Clementi due to injury.
UFC 87 is scheduled to be headlined by a welterweight title defense by Georges St. Pierre against number one contender Jon Fitch. Other bouts include a heavyweight tilt between Heath Herring and Brock Lesnar as well as a lightweight bout between Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta.