Three new fights have been added to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next visit to Georgia, including a welterweight showdown between Strikeforce veterans Adlan Amagov and Jason High.
Promotion officials recently announced the UFC Fight Night 35 booking, along with a lightweight bout pitting Ramsey Nijem against fellow “TUF 18” alum Justin Edwards. The Jan. 15 event will also see once-beaten middleweight Brian Houston make his sophomore Octagon appearance against Trevor Smith from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, Ga.
The evening’s main draw airs live on Fox Sports 1 and is headlined by a pivotal middleweight showdown between ex-Strikeforce ace Luke Rockhold and hard-hitting Cyprus native Costas Philippou.
Amagov (Pictured), 27, has won three straight fights, most recently dispatching T.J. Waldburger in a brutal knockout last month at UFC 166. High, meanwhile, rides back-to-back victories into his clash with “Borz” and was last seen outpointing Anthony Lapsley at UFC 167.
Edwards has alternated between wins and losses since joining the UFC in 2011. “Fast Eddy” last competed on Aug. 28, when he was stopped in 83 seconds by debuting prospect Brandon Thatch. In Nijem, Edwards faces a man riding a two-fight skid, as the 25-year-old suffered finishes at the hands of Myles Jury and James Vick to kick off 2013.
After racking up four straight wins on the local circuit, Houston was welcomed rudely to the UFC by Derek Brunson, who choked him out in just 48 seconds earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 31. Smith now steps back into the Octagon following a “Fight of the Night” winning performance against Ed Herman, who narrowly edged “Hot Sauce” this past July to hand him his third loss in four fights.