Lightweights Terry Etim (10-1) and Rob Emerson (7-6) are confirmed to battle it out for three rounds on the UFC 84: "Ill Will" undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 24, according to UFC.com.
Emerson is a former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5, winning his first official fight inside the Octagon his last time out against Keita Nakamura at UFC 81: "Breaking Point" via split decision back in February 2008.
Prior to that Emerson — who has been connected with (and served jail time because of) a gang dubbed "The Lords of South County"— was involved in a bizarre simultaneous knockout/submission against Gray Maynard at TUF 5 Finale.
Etim is a British product who has an even record (1-1) with the promotion, losing to Gleison Tibau most recently via unanimous decision at UFC 75: "Champion vs. Champion" in September 2007. He also submitted Matt Grice (guillotine choke) at UFC 70: "Nations Collide" in his debut last year.
This latest announcement confirms the bouts slated for UFC 84, which features the 155-pound doozy between reigning champion, BJ Penn, and former belt keeper, Sean Sherk, as the main event of the evening. Wanderlei Silva, Keith Jardine, Tito Ortiz and Lyoto Machida round a very impressive night of fights.
Here's the complete line up:
UFC Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn (12-4-1) vs. Sean Sherk (32-2-1)
Main card (televised):
205 lbs.: Wanderlei Silva (31-8-1) vs. Keith Jardine (13-3-1)
205 lbs.: Goran Reljic (7-0) vs. Wilson Gouveia (10-4)
205 lbs.: Tito Ortiz (15-5-1) vs. Lyoto Machida (12-0)
205 lbs.: Thiago Silva (12-0) vs. Antonio Mendes (14-2)
Under card (may not be broadcast):
185 lbs.: Rousimar Palhares (7-1) vs. Ivan Salaverry (12-5)
205 lbs.: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (4-2) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (11-7)
155 lbs.: Terry Etim (10-1) vs. Rob Emerson (7-6)
170 lbs.: Jon Koppenhaver (5-1) vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (9-2)
170 lbs.: Dong Hyun Kim (9-1-1) vs. Jason Tan (5-2)
265 lbs.: Shane Carwin (8-0) vs. Christian Wellisch (8-3)