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Shane Roller is back (again).
The former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) standout is one of the rare mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters to survive a three-fight losing streak and still get called back for a chance at redemption, and that's exactly what happened when he fought John Alessio at UFC 148 earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Roller made the most of it, leaving the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a unanimous decision victory and his first win since knocking out Thiago Tavares at UFC on Versus 3 back in early 2011.
Now he gets the opportunity to make it two in a row when he battles chiropractic wrestling standout Jacob Volkmann at the UFC 151: "Jones vs. Henderson" pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sept. 1, 2012 at "Sin City's" Mandalay Bay Events Center.
And "Christmas" knows a thing or two about streaks.
After back-to-back losses to Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann, the outspoken lightweight back-cracker realigned himself with five straight decision victories, before getting submitted (via "Sassangle") by Paul Sass at the UFC 146: "Dos Santos vs. Mir" event over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Given his rocky relationship with the UFC, it's safe to say this is a must-win situation.
UFC 151 will feature a light heavyweight championship showdown pitting division titleholder Jon Jones continuing his assault on the 205-pound weight class by taking on former Strikeforce straphanger and grizzled PRIDE veteran Dan Henderson.