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Will "Thugjitsu" be enough to ruin the Octagon debut of Strikeforce veteran Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 156 on Super Bowl weekend 2013 in "Sin City?" Yves Edwards will attempt to answer that question at the Mandalay Bay Events Center next month.
Fresh off a highlight-reel knockout victory over the tough-as-nails Jeremy Stephens less than one month ago at UFC on FOX 5, Yves Edwards will return to mixed martial arts (MMA) action in little more than three weeks.
Edwards, as already mentioned, took out "Lil Heathen" with a savage combination of punches and elbows at the KeyArena in Seattle, Wash., capping off a saga that included an early morning arrest, assault charges, a fight cancellation and an injury to John Cholish.
And Edwards needed less than two minutes to do it.
Vallie-Flagg, meanwhile, is coming off the biggest victory of his professional MMA career, a split decision nod over Gesias Calvancante at Strikeforce: "Barnett vs. Cormier" back in May 2012. The Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA-trained fighter has actually not tasted defeat since July 2007 (Rudy Bears).
UFC 156 features a "super fight" between 145-pound superstars Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar in the main event, while a a heavyweight showdown between Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva is expected to serves as the co-main event of the evening. Light Heavyweight veterans -- Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira -- will also be featured on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card along with a select few others.