The Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed previously reported matchups for its UFC 93 event, which is set to take place on Saturday, January 17 and emanate from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
In addition to featured matchups between light heavyweights Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Mark Coleman, fights between Denis Kang vs. Alan Belcher, Andre Gusmao vs. Antonio Mendes, Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle, Jeremy Horn vs. Rouismar Palhares, Tomasz Drwal vs. Ivan Serati, and Tom Egan vs. John Hathaway have all been confirmed by the promotion.
Kang, Serati, Egan, and Hathaway will all be making their UFC debuts on the card.
According to the site, as of now, the bouts scheduled to be telecast are Franklin vs. Henderson, Coleman vs. Rua, Kang vs. Belcher, Mendes vs. Gusmao, and Siver vs. Mohr. However, changes to the preliminary TV schedule could be made, as it is unlikely that Siver vs. Mohr would make the telecast ahead of Davis vs. Lytle, a battle of professional boxers that could contend for “Fight of the Night” honors.
Also, the UFC has yet to announce whether UFC 93 will air in the United States on Spike TV or on pay-per-view. Previous reports indicated that the promotion was in talks to possibly broadcast the event free of charge on Spike TV, but with each day that passes without an agreement, the more likely it is that the event will be a PPV.