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UFC Quick Shots: More Releases, Brown vs. Johnson, Escudero vs. Miller & More

» We reported earlier this week that the UFC released Josh Burkman. The UFC has also released Jason Day, who suffered back-to-back first round knockout losses to Michael Bisping (at UFC 85: Bedlam) and Kendall Grove (at UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine).

» Last night during The Ultimate Fighter, it was announced that a welterweight bout between Ultimate Fighter Season 7 alum Matt Brown (9-7) and Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson (7-2) has been added to the The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale on June 20th.  Johnson is coming off of impressive victories over Kevin Burns and Luigi Fioravanti, while Brown is coming off of a major win over Pete Sell at UFC 96. The card also features Nate Diaz squaring off against Joe Stevenson, and Diego Sanchez facing Clay Guida.

» Speaking of Ultimate Fighter alums, Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner Efrain Escudero (11-0) is rumored to be facing Ultimate Fighter 5 alum Cole Miller (15-3) at UFC 103 in September. Escudero was last seen winning the finale, defeating Phillipe Nover via unanimous decision. Cole Miller is coming off of impressive wins over Jorge Gurgel at UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin, and Junie Browning at UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1.