FiveOuncesOfPain.com has just learned from sources close to both fighters that Aaron Simpson and Steve Steinbeiss will be competing in separate fights at UFC 103.
No date or location has been announced announced for UFC 103 but the same source confirmed that Phoenix, Arizona is one location being considered for the event.
Arizona is among the growing number of states that have recently sanctioned their mixed martial arts rules to include elbows on the ground among other rule changes that make them identical to the UFC’s.
Arizona is also a hot bed for MMA activity and lays home to numerous top mixed martial artists such as Ryan Bader, CB Dollaway, Jamie Varner, Efrain Escudero, Joe Riggs, Don Frye, Benson Henderson and countless others.
Simpson is a two time All-American wrestler that won a Pac 10 championship while with Arizona State University before eventually going to become a coach for the illustrious wrestling program. He is undefeated in his mixed martial arts with nothing but TKO’s or knockouts in his five professional career and most recently made his UFC debut a successful one, stopping former training partner Tim McKenzie by TKO in the first round at UFC Fight Night 18 in April.
Steinbeiss is a K-1 veteran and training partner to Simpson at the highly respected Arizona Combat Sports. He was recently scheduled to face off with Ryan Jensen at UFC Fight Night 18 before Jensen was forced out of the bout at the last second.