Another lightweight bout between Kurt Pellegrino (12-4) and Rob Emerson (8-6) is in the works for UFC Fight Night 17 at The Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 7.
Already, the Spike TV special features two other 155-pound match ups between Mac Danzig and Josh Neer, as well as Joe Lauzon and Hermes Franca, respectively.
Pellegrino will look to string together consecutive wins for the first time in more than a year. "Batman" is coming off a solid unanimous decision win over Thiago Tavares at UFC 88: "Breakthrough" back in September.
He has flirted with being recognized as a top competitor in a very crowded division on numerous occasions throughout his career; however, he has been plagued by inconsistency in recent bouts. Pellegrino can get back in the thick of things in 2009 with an early win to start the year over a surging Emerson.
The former "Lords of South County" rich kid gang member is fresh off the most impressive performance of his career, blasting Manny Gamburyan at UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" in August to record a 12-second knockout.
Prior to the win, the former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 rebounded from a rare double knockout-tapout against Gray Maynard to defeat Keita Nakamura via split decision at UFC 81: "Breaking Point" in February.
Emerson is currently riding a six-fight win streak, which includes the "No Contest" against Maynard.
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