Hard-hitting (and crowd-pleasing) welterweights, Marcus Davis (16-6) and Phil Baroni (13-12), have verbally agreed to throw leather at UFC 111 from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on March 27, 2010.
The promotion has made no official announcements about the 170-pound match up or the actual pay-per-view (PPV) event at this time; however, that's expected to change very soon.
"The Irish Hand Grenade" detonated unexpectedly in his match against Ben Saunders at UFC 106: "Ortiz vs. Griffin 2" just last month. The former boxer perhaps did not give the "Killa B" enough respect in the size department and the Muay Thai striker made him pay for it dearly with a barrage of knees that pulled the pin on Davis' title aspirations.
It was his second straight loss after coming up short against Dan Hardy at UFC 99: "The Comeback" last June.
Also tasting defeat in two straight fights is "The New York Bad Ass."
Baroni made his long-awaited return to the Octagon after taking a whooping from Jake Shields at the June 6 "Lawler vs. Shields" event that Strikeforce brought to St. Louis. Unfortunately the change in scenery didn't help him much, as Ultimate Fighter 7 champion Amir Sadollah battered him en route to a three round decision win.
"Fight of the Night" notwithstanding, it's hard to imagine where Baroni and Davis fit in should they lose their third straight bout.
UFC 111 is expected to feature a 170-pound title defense by promotion superstar Georges St. Pierre as "Rush" answers the call of British striker Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. Heavyweights Frank Mir and Shane Carwin are also expected to collide in an interim title match while Brock Lesnar recovers from recent surgery.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates on this still-developing fight card.