UFC 81: David Heath vs. Andre Gusmao

david heath vs andre gusmao ufc 81
Update: Andre Gusmao is still under contract with the IFL and will not fight Heath -- or in the UFC for that matter -- according to this report.

David Heath (7-2) will look to pull his record inside the Octagon above .500 when he meets up with UFC newcomer Andre Gusmao (5-0) at UFC 81: "Breaking Point" on February 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The light heavyweight bout was just added to the MMAWeekly.com rumors section.

Heath was choked unconscious during his last fight against Renato "Babalu" Sobral at UFC 74: "Respect" in August. The controversial result led to the ouster of the Brazilian veteran and to Heath's second straight loss -- he dropped a unanimous decision to Lyoto Machida at UFC 70: "Nations Collide" earlier this year.

Gusmao is an undefeated fighter who most recently competed in the International Fight League (IFL). In fact, his first round knockout win (knee) of Mike Ciesnolevicz sealed the victory for the Renzo Gracie-led New York Pitbulls at the 2007 Team Championship Final in September.

It's certainly a fine addition to a stacked 205-pound division. Heath will certainly have his work cut out for him on SuperBowl weekend.

For the latest UFC 81: "Breaking Point" rumored fight card click here.

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Update: For a recent article on Heath and his feelings on the Babalu incident (and more) check out UrbanTulsa.com. It's a decent read. And thanks to MMAmania.com reader "PhilQNY" for the assist.

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