Participants on different seasons of The Ultimate Fighter, Pete Sell (8-4) and Matt Brown (8-7), will go toe-to-toe inside the Octagon at UFC 96 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 7, according to MMAWeekly.com.
Sell -- the protégé of former welterweight champion Matt Serra -- made his 170-pound debut against Josh Burkman at UFC 90: "Silva vs. Cote" in October 2008, defeating "The Peoples Warrior" via unanimous decision in an exciting back-and-forth match.
Before the must-win, "Drago" endured a string of bad luck inside the Octagon, losing three consecutive bouts. He had Scott Smith all but finished in their epic battle back at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 4 Finale; however, he was iced with a Hail Mary punch when he went in for the kill.
He then dropped a unanimous decision to top 185-pound contender Thales Leites at UFC 69: "Shootout" and was knocked out in his next appearance by Nate Quarry in the third round at UFC Fight Night 11 after dictating the pace of most of that fight.
Sell now boasts a nice size and power advantage over most of his opponents in the 170-pound division -- he’s a big guy who can pack a punch. He’ll look to land his share of blows on Brown to see whether or not he is indeed "Immortal."
Brown stepped up on short notice, replacing an injured Matt Riddle at UFC 91: "Couture vs. Lesnar" in November 2008, to score an impressive second round submission win over Ryan Thomas via armbar.
He competed on TUF 7 before being eliminated from the show by eventual tournament winner Amir Sadollah via triangle choke in the semifinals. He bounced back to defeat Matt Arroyo via technical knockout at the TUF 7 Finale in June.
The taste of victory inside the Octagon, however, did not last long — Brown dropped a close split decision to undefeated Korean import, Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim at UFC 88: "Breakthrough" in Atlanta, Ga., in September 2008.
Brown will more than likely do his best to stay in the win column and not lose the momentum gained from the win over Thomas.
UFC 96 is set to take place in "The Buckeye State" the same weekend as the Arnold Sports Festival — the largest health and fitness expo in the nation. It is currently without a main event.
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