UFC newcomer Ricardo Romero was probably content just getting a chance to fight for the UFC. Now he gets to do it on Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" lead-in special to the UFC 116: "Lesnar vs. Carwin" pay-per-view against Seth Petruzelli on July 3.
MMAmania.com confirmed the line-up change with a source close to the situation earlier today.
Romero vs. Petruzelli will be replacing the middleweight scrap between Kendall Grove and Goran Reljic, which made its way onto the unaired portion of the preliminary card after "Da Spyder" found himself mired in a public feud with the cable television network.
While it probably stinks to be Goran Reljic, there's little doubt that one of the sport's more colorful characters (both figuratively and literally), Seth Petruzelli, will try and take this opportunity to reacquaint himself with UFC fans, who haven't seen "The Silverback" inside the Octagon since a submission loss to Wilson Gouveia in 2007.
Here's an updated look at the recently reshuffled UFC 116 fight card.
265 lbs.: Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
Main card (Televised):
185 lbs.: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Chris Leben
170 lbs.: Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle
155 lbs.: Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos
205 lbs.: Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
UFC Prelims (Spike TV broadcast):
265 lbs.: Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer
205 lbs.: Seth Petruzelli vs. Ricardo Romero
Under card (May not be broadcast):
185 lbs.: Dave Branch vs. Gerald Harris
265 lbs.: Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola
170 lbs.: Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic
170 lbs.: Daniel Roberts vs. Forrest Petz
Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC 116 beginning with the PPV telecast at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 3. In addition, we will deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the under card action much earlier on fight night.
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