ANTHONY JOHNSON AND KEVIN BURNS TO REMATCH LIVE ON SPIKE TV SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
Rematch Between Rising Welterweights Will Take Place
On “The Ultimate Fighter 8” Finale Fight Card
Middleweight Contenders Wilson Gouveia and Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald Meet in the Co-Feature
NEW YORK, NY, November 17, 2008 – After a controversial ending to their first bout, UFC welterweights Kevin Burns and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson will meet in the Octagon once again in December. The two will settle the score at the live finale for "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir", emanating from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV LIVE on December 13 at 9:00 PM ET.
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A Georgia native fighting out of Los Angeles, Johnson (5-2), one of the welterweight division’s most explosive athletes, and Burns (8-1), a promising newcomer from Des Moines, IA, first met this past July at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs Irvin. Towards the end of three highly competitive rounds, it seemed that Johnson was on his way to a hard fought decision win when Burns inadvertently poked him in the eye while throwing an uppercut. The strike escaped the view of referee Steve Mazzagatti, and when Johnson was felled by the blow, Burns pounced and won by TKO. Both fighters have lobbied for a rematch, and their wish will be granted on December 13 in Las Vegas.
Also on the card, Edmonton’s Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald (22-10) will square off against Fortaleza, Brazil’s Wilson Gouveia in middleweight action. MacDonald last fought at UFC 88 in September, where he defeated Jason Lambert in impressive fashion. The Canadian will look to vault himself into title contention in the middleweight division with a victory over a stern test in Gouveia. Wilson Gouveia (11-5) made his middleweight debut at Ultimate Fight Night 15 this past September after compiling a 4-2 record as a light heavyweight in the UFC. The drop in weight did not have any ill effects on his performance, with Gouveia submitting his opponent Ryan Jensen via armbar in the second round. The American Top Team product will look to notch his sixth UFC victory when he takes on MacDonald.
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JOHNSON AND KEVIN BURNS TO REMATCH LIVE ON SPIKE TV DECEMBER 13
After a controversial ending to their first bout, UFC welterweights Kevin Burns and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson will meet in the Octagon once again in December. The two will settle the score at the live finale for "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir", emanating from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV LIVE on December 13 at 9:00 PM ET.