Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is officially back on Spike TV for its upcoming UFC 128 "Prelims" telecast featuring bouts of Anthony Njokuani vs. Edson Barboza (lightweight) and Eliot Marshall vs. Luiz Cane (light heavyweight) at 9 p.m. ET on the cable television network.
UFC 128: "Shogun vs. Jones" is set for March 19, 2011, from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Barboza earned his UFC contract after compiling a 6-0 record on the regional circuit. At UFC 123 last November the crafty 155-pounder made his Octagon debut with an impressive technical knockout win over Mike Lullo in the third and final round.
But will he be able to replicate that success against Njokuani?
The Nigerian suffered a submission loss to former lightweight champion Ben Henderson in his WEC debut before stringing together three consecutive wins including a highlight reel head kick on Chris Horodecki. After losing to Shane Roller and Maciej Jewtuszko, Njokuani ended his WEC career on a high note by defeating Edward Faaloloto.
In light heavyweight action, Eliot Marshall gets another chance at UFC stardom with a last-minute call-up.
The grappling guru cut his teeth in the ‘Ring of Fire’ promotion before making his debut on the eighth season of TUF. He would eventually fall to division winner Ryan Bader in the semifinals, but bounced back at the season finale with a submission victory over castmate Jules Bruchez.
UFC shocked fans when they put "The Fire" out after a split decision loss to Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC on Versus 1 back in March 2010. It was the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt's first loss inside the Octagon and at the time he seemed to be in good graces after consecutive wins over Vinny Magalhaes and Jason Brilz.
Perhaps the promotion reconsidered its hasty decision to release him, or maybe Marshall's 3-0 record after getting cut was all the convincing it needed.
But will he be one and done on March 19?
Both losses were first round technical stoppages, a surprise turn of events for a fighter that up until that point was 3-1 inside the Octagon.
Who gets the "must win" in "The Garden State" and who goes home?
UFC 128 will feature a main event between light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and division number one contender Jon "Bones" Jones.
Former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber will also be in action against Eddie Wineland.
For the current UFC 128 fight card and line up click here.