An explosive light heavyweight battle between UFC rookies Jared Hamman (10-1) and Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson (8-0) is being considered for the undercard of UFC 105 on Saturday, Nov. 14, according to MMAWeekly.com.
The event is set to take place at the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena in Manchester, England, and will air via tape delay on Spike TV in the United States.
Hamman is trained under Vladimir Matyushenko at VMAT. He's probably best remembered for his three fight stint under the Elite XC banner last year when he fought on three Showtime aired events, including two main events appearances on "Challenger Series" cards against Poai Suganuma.
Suganuma was responsible for Hamman's first and only career loss last April when the fight was called in the first 15 seconds when Poai connected on a flying knee for a flash knockout right out of the gates. There was some question as to whether the fight may have been stopped too quickly, so they agreed to a rematch four months later.
In that fight, Hamman showed why he was previously undefeated with wins over guys like Aaron Rosa and Travis Wiuff by handling the Hawaiian with a technical knockout of his own about halfway through the first.
That was August 2008. Hamman hasn't fought since then and will undoubtedly be facing a difficult task in shaking off cage rust and battling first time UFC jitters at the same time come mid November.
The good news for him is that his opponent will be dealing with those jitters, too.
"The Mauler" is a 6'5" Swedish born fighter with a perfect record in eight pro fights on the smaller cards overseas. He's only 22-years-old, but he's shown some real potential, which is obviously why he's in the UFC now.
There's no question the UFC likes fighters with finishing ability and that's exactly what this kid has, having finished six of his eight victims by technical knockout.
The fight won't be short on action and I'd be more than surprised if it went the full three rounds.
UFC 105 will also feature hometown favorites Michael "The Count" Bisping and Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy in separate bouts against Pride FC standout Denis Kang and four-fight UFC veteran Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim.
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