Spike TV today announced that its UFC 121 "Prelims" telecast will include a pair of middleweight bouts featuring the previously reported match-ups of Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen and Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor.
UFC 121 is set for Saturday, October 23 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
McGee (10-1) successfully managed to beat out the competition on the The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 reality show, capping off his unlikely run with a submission win over Kris McCray at the TUF 11 Finale back in June.
"The Crusher" entered the TUF house with quite an impressive resume, carrying a record of 8-1 with his only loss coming to storied veteran Jeremy Horn.
McGee's well-rounded game coupled with his sponge-like absorption of Team Liddell's coaching during the show did the Utah-bred fighter well. And with a considerable amount of time to take his game to yet another level since the end of the reality show competition, his days as an underdog my very well be over.
Jensen (15-6) was last seen in action at UFC 114: "Rampage vs. Evans" where he submitted Jesse Forbes via guillotine choke in the first round to run his UFC record to 2-2, and his overall record to 15-6.
Having competed against guys like Mark Munoz, Thales Leites, Joey Villasenor, and Demian Maia; the Jackson's Submission Fighting product will no doubt be up to the challenge in facing the new kid on the block.
Joining them will be Patrick Cote (13-6), who made his first appearance inside the cage after nearly 20 months on the sidelines to tangle with Alan Belcher at UFC 113 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on May 1.
It did not end well.
"The Predator" was submitted by "The Talent" after a controversial piledriver left him stiffer than a frozen mukluk. It was Cote's first bout since shredding his knee while inside the Octagon opposite reigning division champion Anderson Silva at UFC 90 way back in October 2008.
Lawlor (6-3) has probably reached DEFCON 5 following back-to-back losses to Aaron Simpson (UFC Fight Night 20) and Joe Doerksen (UFC 113).
Despite one of the most entertaining entrances in the business and a memorable run on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 8 (from an antics perspective), dropping three straight contests doesn't bode well for anyone looking for longevity in the fight game.
Anyone thinking that maybe "The Filthy Mauler" gets the job done?
Headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez, UFC 121 will also feature the Octagon debut of Jake Shields when he takes on Martin Kampmann.
For the current UFC 121 fight card and rumors click here.