UFC fighter Michael Johnson of the Blackzilians is part of UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2, which occurs Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Amway Center in Orlando.
UFC made its Orlando debut in April as a sold-out arena watched a thrilling heavyweight title eliminator between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne.
The main card on Dec. 19 airs live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
FS1 Prelims begin at 5 p.m. ET.
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SOUTH FLORIDA REPRESENTATION
TEAM BLACKZILIANS (Boca Raton)
No.5 lightweight Michael Johnson looks to bounce back following a controversial split decision loss as he faces No.14 Nate Diaz on Saturday, Dec. 19 in Orlando.
Video interview with inspirational Michael Johnson
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Also, Kamaru Usman (6-1), winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 21 (American Top Team vs. Team Blackzilians), steps up in competition when he meets Leon Edwards (10-2) in a welterweight bout.
AMERICAN TOP TEAM (Coconut Creek)
No.10 featherweight Nik Lentz (27-7-2) will face veteran Danny Castillo (17-9).
UFC veteran Cole Miller (21-9) will clash with up-and-coming featherweight Jim Alers (13-2).
ATT vs. BLACKZILIANS II
Bragging rights for both South Florida gyms are on the line as American Top Team’s Hayder Hassan (6-2) meets Blackzilian’s Vicente Luque (7-5-1) in a rematch from The Ultimate Fighter Season 21.
Orlando’s Josh Samman (12-3) comes home to face Tamdan McCrory (13-3) who makes his return to UFC for the first time since 2009.
UFC Fight Night Tickets
For those attending the event, tickets ($258, $175, $125, $90, $75, $50) are available at
www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at
http://www.amwaycenter.com/ and the Chase Box Office at Amway Center.
MAIN EVENT – FIVE-ROUND LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT:
UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos defends his belt for the first time against No.2 contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
dos Anjos (24-7) attempts to prove that he is rightfully atop one of the deepest and most talented divisions in UFC.
Captured UFC lightweight title after defeating former champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 185
Has won nine of his last ten bouts
Holds decision victory over Cerrone from August 2013
No.2 Cowboy (28-6, 1NC) looks to avenge previous loss to Dos Anjos and take the 155-pound title back home to Albuquerque.
Riding eight-fight win streak
Owns 15 Fight Night Honors (2 Performance of the Night, 8 Fight of the Night, 3 KO of the Night, 2 Submission of the Night)
15 wins by submission, five by KO
Notable wins: former champion Benson Henderson, Myles Jury, Eddie Alvarez and Jim Miller
CO-MAIN EVENT – THREE-ROUND HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT:
Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos battles No.9 Alistair Overeem.
Ranked No.2, Dos Santos (17-3) returns after a year layoff and looks to solidify his position as the next contender for the title.
Only two losses in the UFC were in title fights against former UFC heavyweight champion and No.1 contender Cain Velasquez
No.9 heavyweight Alistair Overeem (39-14, 1 NC) is coming off a victory over No.11 heavyweight Roy “Big Country” Nelson.
16 wins by KO and 19 by submission
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