Jon Koppenhaver (5-1) will fight Yoshiyuki Yoshida (9-2) in a welterweight bout on the UFC 84: "Ill Will" undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 24, according to UFC.com.
"War Machine" announced that he would compete on the pay-per-view (PPV) show shortly after he was cleared of a felony assault charge last month; however, he did not mention an opponent at that time.
The former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 will make his second appearance inside the Octagon while his opponent, Yoshida, will make his debut. Koppenhaver was victorious in his own premier, defeating Jared Rollins via technical knockout in a blood-soaked brawl at TUF 6 Finale.
Yoshida is a Japanese product who is enjoying an eight-fight win streak, competing in smaller promotions overseas such as Greatest Common Multiple and Shooto. According to the report, most of his success can be attributed to a "ferocious ground and pound attack."
UFC 84 features the 155-pound champion, BJ Penn, taking on former division titleholder, Sean Sherk, in the main event of the evening. Light heavyweight bouts between Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine, and Tito Ortiz and Lyoto Machida, are also receiving top billing.
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Note that another UFC 84 welterweight bout between Jason Tan and Dong Hyun Kim was also made official in the report.