Friday, March 13, 2009

Brad Blackburn Meets UFC Newcomer Edgar Garcia at TUF9 Finale

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UFC welterweight Brad Blackburn (13-9-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will meet undefeated UFC newcomer Edgar Garcia (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in June at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale.

News of the fight first came from, which learned of the bout from sources close to the negotiations.

The bout will likely end up on the preliminary portion of the June 20 event, which concludes the ninth season of the UFC's reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter."

Although not officially announced, the event will likely take place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Blackburn, a former IFL fighter, made his UFC debut in the summer of 2008 and has since posted victories over James Giboo (TKO) and Ryo Chonan (unanimous decision). Since launching his career with a 9-9-1 record, the 31-year-old is 4-0, which included an impressive 40-second TKO victory over highly touted Jay Hieron in June 2007.

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