Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently bolstered the already-stacked fight card for its Fight Night 21 event going down on March 31 from the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday, March 31.
Completing the main card line up will be former TUF veteran and surgically repaired middleweight Nate Quarry (12-3), who looks to get back into the 185-pound title hunt against longtime Octagon veteran Jorge Rivera (17-7).
"The Rock" outlasted Tim Creduer in a "Crazy" back-and-forth war of attrition at UFC Fight Night 19 last September while "El Conquistador" stopped Rob Kimmons at UFC 104 back in October. Both fighters are riding two-fight winning streaks.
In preliminary card action, one-time middleweight juggernaut Yushin Okami (23-5) is hoping to rebound from a surprising loss to Chael Sonnen at last October's UFC 104 event when he takes on the dangerous Lucio Linhares (13-5).
"Thunder" had won nine out of ten fights heading into "Machida vs. Shogun;" however, he was thoroughly handled by the surging wrestler en route to a unanimous decision loss.
Like Okami, Linhares is trying to right the ship this March after falling to grappling guru Rousimar Palhares via sneaky heel hook at last month's UFC 107 event. "Spartan" is hoping to avoid an 0-2 start under the Zuffa banner.
UFC Fight Night 21 will feature a main event with perennial lightweight contender Kenny "KenFlo" Florian welcoming Japanese superstar "The Fireball Kid" Takanori Gomi to the UFC for the first time in his career.
In addition, Ultimate Fighter 10 Champion Roy "Big Country" Nelson tries to keep his momentum going against the up-and-coming Stefan "Hightower" Struve.
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