Friday, April 10, 2009 | 2 a.m.
A day after officially announcing the three headlining “superfights” for UFC 100, the promotion confirmed five more bouts for the historic event on Thursday.
A main-card contest featuring Japan’s reigning middleweight star Yoshihiro Akiyama (12-1 MMA), who is making his long-awaited Octagon debut, against Alan Belcher (14-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who spoiled international star Denis Kang’s first UFC fight earlier this year, is set for the July 11 extravaganza taking place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The other bouts include undefeated 21-year-old Jon Jones (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Purdue wrestler Jake O'Brien (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Canadian welterweight Jonathan Goulet (22-10 MMA, 4-4 UFC) vs. Judo black belt Dong Hyun Kim (11-0-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter” No. 7 finalist C.B. Dollaway vs. “TUF” No. 8 member Tom Lawlor (5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Matt Grice (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Shannon Gugerty (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
Those matches will all be on the preliminary card while title matches between UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar and interim title-holder Frank Mir and UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre and top contender Thiago Alves highlight the main portion of the night — along with a middleweight match-up between “TUF” No. 9 coaches Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson.
“The UFC 100 event is a milestone for us, for the sport of mixed martial arts, and for fight fans around the world, this will be an amazing weekend for UFC fans,” said UFC President Dana White, in a previously released statement.
MMAjunkie.com reported a long-rumored light-heavyweight bout between "TUF" No. 1 runner-up Stephan Bonnar (11-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and UFC hall-of-famer Mark Coleman (15-9 MMA, 6-4 UFC) earlier in March. The match was confirmed by Amir Sadollah during Wednesday's episode of “TUF” No. 9 on Spike TV.
MMAWeekly.com has confirmed another UFC 100 addition when New Jersey native, Jim Miller (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), tries to rebound from his first loss in the UFC against “TUF” No. 6 winner Mac Danzig (18-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
In other UFC 100 related news, Spike TV will broadcast a special five-part series, "UFC's Ultimate 100: Greatest Fights.”
Fans can help pick the promotion’s top 100 fights by logging onto Ultimate100.spike.com on May 1. Highlights from the chosen bouts will then air when the show debuts at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, July 5. Subsequent shows will air in the same timeslot on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and then the series finale will be broadcast on the day of the big event on Saturday, July 11.