With the UFC looking to trim its roster from over 180 contracted fighters down to the neighborhood of 140 combatants, former PRIDE Bushido standout Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio found himself caught in a numbers game in the weeks that proceeded his loss to Hermes Franca this past October at UFC 90.
Matched up against his former American Top Team teammate Franca, Aurelio sustained his second consecutive defeat in the Octagon when he lost a unanimous decision. Prior to the Franca loss, Aurelio dropped another unanimous decision at UFC 86 in July, this time to Tyson Griffin.
Aurelio, who submitted Takanori Gomi with an arm triangle choke at PRIDE Bushido 10, will now look to rebound during the debut event for the World Cagefighting Alliance to be held on February 6 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com was informed Wednesday afternoon by WCA matchmaker Gary Marino that Aurelio has agreed to compete during the inaugural show’s main event against UFC and EliteXC veteran Chris Liguori in a bout to be contested at lightweight. The fight is still subject to approval from the New Jersey Athletic Control Board but is expected to be finalized soon.
Liguori fought for the UFC in 2003 at UFC 45, where he lost to Keith Rockel via first round submission. Competing for EliteXC during the undercard of the promotion’s first-ever telecast on CBS on May 31, Liguori was triumphant when he bested Jim Bova via TKO.
He most recently fought for Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat in November where he won the promotion’s lightweight title after submitting Corey Mahon at 3:41 of round 2. Liguori also holds notable wins in his career over the likes of M-1′s Erik Oganov, Matt Brown of the UFC, and TUF 6 veteran Dorian Price.