The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season two heavyweight finalist Brad Imes (3-2) will return to the Octagon after a year-long layoff to face Heath Herring (26-12) at UFC 69 on April 7 in Houston, Texas, according to UFC.com.
Imes hasn't fought since losing to Dan Christison (8-4) via armbar at UFC Fight Night 4 in April 2006. The submission during the "Fight of the Night" actually fractured Imes' elbow, which required surgery to fix.
The 6'7" giant -- and former offensive tackle for the University of Missouri -- was scheduled to fight Antoni Hardonk (5-2) at UFC 65 in November 2006 but had to withdraw at the last minute because of other injuries.
His opponent, "The Texas Crazy Horse," will look to impress fans after a dreadful unanimous decision loss in his UFC debut to upstart Jake O'Brien (10-0) at UFC Fight Night 8 in January.
Herring -- a native of Texas -- was highly touted as a serious contender in the division based on his resume abroad with PRIDE FC and other promotions prior to the defeat.
According to the Houston Chronicle, tickets for UFC 69: "Shootout" at the Toyota Center are selling fast.
Here's a snip:
More than 7,000 were sold on the first day of general ticket sales Feb. 5, and the current count stands at 10,000-plus. The $450 floor seats were gone almost immediately, and seats at the $50 and $150 levels also are sold out.
Georges St. Pierre (13-1) will defend his welterweight title for the first time against TUF 4 170-pound champion Matt Serra (7-4). And, the bitter feud between Diego Sanchez (17-0) and Josh Koscheck (8-1) will also be settled that same evening.
Check out the developing UFC 69 fight card here.
To obtain tickets -- even of Ticketmaster.com or the box office sell out -- don't forget to check out StubHub.com for available seats.