Lightweight Jorge Gurgel (11-3) will get a chance to redeem himself in front of his hometown fans when he returns to the Octagon to fight John Halverson (16-5) at UFC 82 on March 1 in Columbus, Ohio, according to the MMAWeekly.com rumors section.
Gurgel dropped a unanimous decision to Alvin Robinson at UFC 77: "Hostile Territory" in Cincinnati last month, enduring some intense punishment in the final two rounds. It was a big set back for the former contestant on season two of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) -- prior to the loss he had strung together two consecutive victories.
Halverson perhaps has more to prove to himself, fans and UFC management. In his debut against Roger Huerta at UFC 67: "All or Nothing" back in February "Hurricane" didn't last 20 seconds because of a knee that landed, which eventually led to a referee stoppage (Halverson claimed after the fight that the official told him to remain down because it was an illegal blow.)
He's clearly earned himself a another shot in the big show, winning three straight fights via submission in smaller promotions since the loss to "El Matador."
UFC 82 is set for the Nationwide Arena. For the latest rumored fight card click here.