Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Johnson vs. Fioravanti promoted to UFC Fight Night 17 televised card

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With UFC newcomer Derek Downey replacing "The Ultimate Fighter 7" winner Amir Sadollah against fellow UFC rookie Nick Catone, the middleweight contest has been relegated to Saturday's UFC Fight Night 17 un-televised preliminary card.

A welterweight bout between Luigi Fioravanti (14-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) and Anthony Johnson (6-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has instead been scheduled for the night's Spike TV broadcast portion of the card.

Representatives of the fighters told ( of the change on Monday, and the UFC's official website has since been updated to reflect the change.

"UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens" is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.


Johnson is also looking to post his second straight win after earning a third-round knockout over Kevin Burns at the The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale in December 2008. That bout was a rematch of a highly controversial July 2008 bout in which an inadvertent eye poke by Burns led to a TKO loss for Johnson.

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