A heavyweight clash between rising star Junior Dos Santos and Gabriel Gonzaga is set to co-headline UFC Fight Night 21 on March 21 in Denver, Colorado, along with a bout between Jon Jones and Brandon Vera.
The event will be the first from the UFC to be broadcast live on Versus. The network has only shown the UFC’s sister promotion, World Extreme Cagefighting, events in the past, however recently announced they will be airing two live UFC shows in the new year.
The bout was originally scheduled for UFC 108 earlier this month, however Gonzaga had to bow out of the fight due to a staph infection. Dos Santos went on to defeat Gonzaga’s replacement, Gilbert Yvel, via first-round TKO. Before that, the 25-year-old Brazilian overwhelmed Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 103 with his diversified striking, ultimately defeating Cro Cop via TKO in the third round.
Gonzaga has made some grumblings about getting another shot at the UFC crown after losing to Randy Couture at UFC 74 in his only five round affair, however he hasn’t performed to the liking of UFC brass to warrant a mulligan.
Although he holds a 15-4 record, he is coming off a controversial victory over UFC newcomer Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 102. Gonzaga earned a first round TKO after he inadvertent kicked Tuchscherer’s groin, causing him to briefly lose consciousness. Tuchscherer was able to resume, however was clearly not the same fighter as Gonzaga teed-off on his dome.
The UFC will have a busy in March as UFC Fight Night on Versus is scheduled to air on March 21, 2010. Less than a week later, UFC 111 will take place on March 27th in Newark, NJ. Days later, the UFC is slated to air a Fight Night show on Spike TV on March 31st.