Aaron Simpson (left) | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Middleweights Aaron Simpson and Mario Miranda have reportedly agreed to square off at UFC Fight Night 24.
The event, which has not yet been officially announced by the promotion, is expected to be held at a to-be-named venue in Seattle on March 26. MMA Weekly initially reported the matchup Wednesday.
Simpson is fresh off a defeat to friend and fellow NCAA wrestling standout Mark Munoz at UFC 123 in November. Though the fight was a back-and-forth affair, Munoz generally got the better of the exchanges and earned a unanimous decision over the Power MMA and Fitness product. This marked the second loss of Simpson's career, as just five months earlier he was knocked out by the durable Chris Leben at “The Ultimate Fighter 11” finale. After looking strong in the early going, Simpson tired dramatically as the fight wore on, and the savvy Leben poured it on late in the second to earn the TKO victory.
Prior to the Leben defeat, Simpson was undefeated and held a 4-0 record under the Zuffa banner, besting the likes of Ed Herman and Tom Lawlor along the way.
Miranda trains with revered coach Matt Hume at AMC Pankration in Kirkland, Wash. Like Simpson, the 31-year-old also comes off a loss. “Super Mario” was outpointed by ground wizard Demian Maia at UFC 118 in August.
Despite starting his career a perfect 11-0, Miranda has earned just a 1-2 record since joining the UFC. His lone victory in the Octagon came at the expense of former title challenger David Loiseau at UFC 115 in June. Miranda earned a second-round TKO over “The Crow.” In his UFC debut, the Brazilian was knocked out by former UFC prospect Gerald Harris at UFC Fight Night in March.
Fight Night 24 is expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight duel between veterans Tito Ortiz and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and will reportedly feature the return of Anthony Johnson as he squares off against Dan Hardy in a welterweight contest.