Matt Hughes and Tim Sylvia will have some good company on November 18.
UFC.com has confirmed two more bouts for UFC 65: "Bad Intentions," which will take place at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California.
Frank Mir (9-2) will face his stiffest challenge since returning to the Octagon from a devastating motorcycle wreck in 2004 that shattered his right leg. The former UFC heavyweight champion (1-1 in the Octagon since coming back) will face Brandon Vera (7-0), a two time Pan American Brazilian jiu jitsu champion who boasts an undefeated mixed martial arts record.
While Mir has looked like a shell of his former self in his last two fights, Vera has looked very much like a threat to Tim Sylvia's coveted world title. The winner of this match is most likely guaranteed the winner of the Sylvia-Monson bout, which is of course the co-main event for UFC 65.
In addition, light heavyweight James Irvin (9-2) is back for another UFC showdown, this time with Hector Ramirez (6-1-1). Irvin lost his last Octagon bout to Stephan Bonnar via arm bar earlier this year, compiling a 2-0 record since that match in other contests. Ramirez is well known for his knockout victory of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 Middleweight Champion Kendall Grove in 2005.
Both fights should be exciting.
Other bouts not yet officially confirmed by the UFC, but are pretty much a lock:
-Nick Diaz vs. Graison Tibau
-Joe Stevenson vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima
TUF 2 heavyweight finalist Brad Imes, who is coming off of a loss to Dan Christison via armbar at Ultimate Fight Night 4, is also slated to make an appearance. His opponent, however, has not been revealed.
We'll keep you posted.