Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 | 11:45 a.m.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed the remaining bouts to UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. PT at the MGM Grand.
Seven added bouts complete the already stacked card featuring Rashad Evans (17-0-1) fighting Forrest Griffin (16-4) for the light heavyweight title, Ultimate Fighter coaches Antonio Nogueira (31-4-1) and Frank Mir (11-3) squaring off, as well as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (28-7) taking on Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva (32-8-1) for the third time.
One of the few fighters to beat Anderson Silva, welterweight Ryo Chonan (15-8), who is coming off a split decision victory over Roan Carneiro, faces California’s Brad Blackburn (13-9-1), fresh off a TKO victory over James Giboo in his UFC debut in July.
It will be a Holland-America heavyweight showdown when Antoni Hardonk (7-4), from Weesp, Holland, takes on Celina, Ohio’s Mike Wessel (8-1). Wessel, a former assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of Arkansas, has won eight of his first nine professional bouts.
Mike Massenzio (11-2) takes on CB Dollaway (8-2), a finalist from The Ultimate Fighter Season 7, in a middleweight match. The two have met before outside the Octagon when Dollaway beat the New Jersey native at the Junior college wrestling nationals.
Mostapha Al Turk makes his UFC heavyweight debut against veteran Cheick Kongo (22-4-1). Yushin Okami, who is 6-1 with his lone loss coming against former UFC middleweight champ Rich Franklin, takes on Dean Lister (11-5) from San Diego.
Matt Hamill (6-2), who is also coming off a loss to Franklin from UFC 88, is up against former NCAA Division I wrestler Reese Andy (7-2) in a light heavyweight fight. Two decorated kickboxers square off as Pat Barry put his unblemished 3-0 mark on the line against Dan Evensen (10-3) in a heavyweight bout.
Tickets are still on sale at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or online at ticketmaster.com. The event is also available on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu, Shaw Communications and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.95.