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UFC 85: Thiago Tavares vs. Matt Wiman

Lightweights Thiago Tavares (13-1) and Matt Wiman (9-3) are penciled in to scrap at UFC 85 at the O2 Arena in London, England, on June 7, according to

Tavares recently out-pointed DEEP veteran Michihiro Omigawa at UFC Fight Night 12 this past January, elevating his record inside the Octagon to an impressive 3-1 (13-1 overall). Aside from a lone defeat to lightweight phenom Tyson Griffin at UFC 76, Tavares has been steamrolling the competition with 10 of his 13 wins coming by way of submission.

Wiman has been making some noise himself, having gone 3-0 since his debut loss to Spencer "The King" Fisher nearly two years ago at UFC 60. Aside from his experience on The Ultimate Fighter 5, "Handsome" cut his teeth in Oklahoma's Extreme Fighting League from 2004-05.

Both fighters are trying to climb a very tall ladder in a division that is teeming with exceptional talent. Names like Huerta, Edgar, Griffin, Florian and Lauzon (just to name a few), are all gunning for the right to be considered a title contender.

UFC Lightweight Grand Prix? Anyone?

But I digress. UFC 85 features the main event between light heavyweights Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans, as well as a heavyweight showdown between Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum.

To check out the remainder of the rumored UFC 85 fight card click here.

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