The UFC has continued living up to the famous Crescent City saying, “Laissez les bon temps roulez,” with the addition of three more bouts to their September 17 card in New Orleans, or in a more-familiar tongue, “Let the good times roll!”
The world’s top Mixed Martial Arts organization recently revealed the match-ups through their website with the handful of pairings highlighted by a battle between lightweights Evan Dunham and Shamar Bailey.
Dunham was on the cusp of contendership before falling in consecutive fights to Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard in the past year, the first losses of his career. The Xtreme Couture product has gone 4-2 since signing with the UFC including wins over Marcus Aurelio, Efrain Escudero, and Tyson Griffin.
His opponent, Bailey, made a name for himself on the most recent season of the Ultimate Fighter though was known to hardcore fans long before he graced the airwaves on Spike. He holds an overall record of 12-3 with success against John Kolosci and Waachim Spiritwolf. While known for his high-level wrestling, the 28-year old has actually finished more opponents than outpointed including four wins by way of TKO.
Other newly announced bouts include bantamweights Ken Stone looking to stop Donny Walker and explosive 145er Mackens Semerzier in action against submission savvy Mike Lullo.
On top of the latest additions, the UFC’s “Battle on the Bayou” is headlined by former Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields facing proven prospect Jake Ellenberger and also features Alan Belcher making his return to the Octagon after a career-threatening eye injury with talented grappler Jason MacDonald standing in his way in addition to TUF 11 winner Court McGee against 10-1 Dongi Yang.
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