Thursday, December 3, 2009

UFC Signs Pair Of Intriguing Fights: Dos Santos vs. Yvel (UFC 108); Jardine vs. Bader (UFC 110) is reporting that Gilbert "The Hurricane" Yvel (36-13-1, #22 HW [pictured here]) has been booked as an opponent for surging, young heavyweight Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos (9-1, #5 HW) at UFC 108 (Jan. 2nd, 2010).

"Cigano," last seen pummeling Mirko "Cro Cop" into blindness at UFC 103, was originally set to face Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 108 before "Napao" pulled out with a staph infection. The Gilbert Yvel booking is interesting given that Yvel is not currently a member of the UFC's heavyweight division. He was last seen by most MMA fans in a losing effort against Josh Barnett, at Affliction: Day Of Reckoning, in early 2009. Since then, "The Hurricane" scored a first round KO over always-tough Pedro Rizzo to bring his record to 8-2 in his last ten with every victory by way of stoppage. It's worth noting that Yvel's ferocious style has led multiple DQ losses in his career, though he seems to have cleaned up his act.

In other scheduling news, Sydney, Australia's UFC 110 (Feb. 21st, 2010) now features Keith "The Dean Of Mean" Jardine (15-6-1, #12 LHW ) facing ever-improving, T.U.F. 8 winner Ryan "Darth" Bader (10-0). Jardine will attempt to herky-jerk his way to a career-salvaging victory, while Bader looks to use a win over Jardine to vault himself into the contenders discussion at LHW.

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