“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 runner-up Stephan Bonnar will lock horns with Krzysztof Soszynski in a light heavyweight match at UFC 110 “Nogueira vs. Velasquez” on Feb. 20 at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Ten bouts are now official for the promotion’s debut Down Under.
Bonnar will carry a two-fight losing streak into the fight. The 32-year-old Carlson Gracie disciple last appeared at UFC 100 when he dropped a unanimous decision to hall of famer Mark Coleman. Still one of the sport’s most durable competitors, Bonnar has been finished only once -- by reigning UFC light heavyweight king Lyoto Machida -- in 17 bouts as a professional. Victories over Keith Jardine, former World Extreme Cagefighting titleholder James Irvin and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 veteran Mike Nickels anchor his resume.
Based out of Team Quest, Soszynski has delivered six wins in his past seven appearances. The 32-year-old finds himself on the rebound, however, in wake of his unanimous decision loss to Brandon Vera at UFC 102 in August. Soszynski has secured 15 of his 18 wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission and owns notable victories against former WEC light heavyweight champion Brain Stann and UFC veterans Icho Larenas, Dan Christison, Shane Primm and Andre Gusmao. He was a semi-finalist on Season 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Meanwhile, unbeaten Croatian Goran Reljic will make his first Octagon appearance in nearly two years when he squares off with Arizona Combat Sports standout C.B. Dollaway.
Perfect through eight professional bouts, Reljic last fought in May 2008, when he stopped American Top Team’s Wilson Gouveia on second-round strikes at UFC 84. A back injury that required surgery has kept the 25-year-old away from the cage ever since. Reljic has gone the distance only once and counts five submissions among his eight victories.
Dollaway, a collegiate All-American wrestler at Arizona State University, will have momentum and activity on his side. The 26-year-old has won three of his last four fights, a run of success punctuated by his unanimous decision victory over Jay Silva at UFC Fight Night 19 in September. Dollaway holds other Octagon wins against International Fight League veteran Mike Massenzio and Team Quest’s Jesse Taylor. Six of his past seven fights have ended inside one round.
A heavyweight showdown between Brazilian legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and unbeaten American Kickboxing Academy thoroughbred Cain Velasquez will headline UFC 110, along with a middleweight tilt pairing Wanderlei Silva and Michael Bisping.
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