Brunson-Carneiro, Thatch-Bahadurzada Among UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh Additions

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 15, 2015

Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday took a major step in filling out the lineup for its UFC Fight Night event in Pittsburgh, announcing seven new contests for the Feb. 21 card.

Among the highlights are a middleweight showdown between Derek Brunson and Roan Carneiro and a welterweight clash pitting Brandon Thatch against Siyar Bahadurzada.

The other five matchups revealed on Tuesday were: Joe Riggs vs. Chris Camozzi at middleweight; Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimares at 185 pounds; Shane Campbell vs. James Krause at lightweight; Anthony Hamilton vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov at heavyweight; and Sean Strickland vs. Alex Garcia at welterweight.

UFC Fight Night takes place at the Consol Energy Center and airs on Fox Sports 1. A headliner for the card has not been announced.

The 31-year-old Brunson has won five of six in the Octagon, with his lone setback coming at the hands of top 185-pound contender Yoel Romero in January 2014. Most recently, the Jackson-Wink MMA representative stopped Sam Alvey inside of a round at UFC Fight Night in Nashville on Aug. 8.

After winning Battlegrounds MMA’s one-night, eight-man tournament last year, Carneiro returned to the Octagon at UFC 184, submitting Mark Munoz with a rear-naked choke in the first round. It was the Brazilian’s first Octagon appearance since 2008.

Once a highly-regarded prospect, Thatch has fallen on hard times of late, dropping back-to-back contests against Gunnar Nelson and Benson Henderson. Prior to those defeats, Thatch had won 10 straight fights, finishing all of his opponents inside of a round.

Bahadurzada has been on a lengthy hiatus, with his last bout coming in December 2013, when he suffered a unanimous decision loss to John Howard at UFC 168. Bahadurzada is 1-2 in the Octagon overall, including a knockout triumph against Paulo Thiago in his promotional debut.


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