A middleweight scrap between NCAA Division I standout Aaron Simpson and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Mario Miranda is set to go down at UFC Fight Night 24, which is scheduled to take place at the Key Arena in Seattle, Wash., on March 26, according to MMAweekly.com.
"A-Train" was on a recent roll, defeating the likes of Tim McKenzie, Ed Herman and Tom Lawlor inside the Octagon before sustaining the first loss of his career -- a technical knockout courtesy of Chris Leben. His bad luck continued when, in his next fight, he dropped a unanimous decision to his good friend Mark Munoz at UFC 123.
Simpson will look to get back to his winning ways when he meets Miranda in March.
Miranda, meanwhile, is looking rebound from a unanimous decision loss to top middleweight player Demian Maia in his most recent appearance at UFC 118 back in August. A fight that the Brazilian took on relatively short notice when Alan Belcher sustained a serious eye injury while training.
Regardless, it was a solid -- albeit losing -- performance against a very good opponent. Something that was apparently not lost on UFC brass, who offered Miranda another chance to redeem himself despite a losing record (1-2) with the promotion.
He holds a technical knockout finish over David Loiseau and a technical knockout loss at the hands of the recently departed Gerald Harris.
UFC Fight Night 24 will feature a main event that pits former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz against Pride FC veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Hard-hitting welterweights Anthony Johnson and Dan Hardy are also expected to sling leather in the night's co-featured fight of the night.
For more details on UFC Fight Night 24 as it becomes available, sick with MMAmania.com.