Affliction on Wednesday announced that it has signed Edwin Dewees to a multi-fight contract. He will replace Vernon "Tiger" White at the promotion's July 19 debut event.
White was initially scheduled to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but was recently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the use of a banned diuretic prior to a kickboxing bout. Dewees will now step in to face Nogueira at the Honda Center.
"We definitely had our sites set on Dewees and I am very happy to announce that he has signed a multi-fight deal with us,'' Affliction vice president Tom Atencio said. "Dewees was our first choice as a replacement for White. He is a great addition to our All-World caliber card."
Dewees trains out of Ken Shamrock's Lion's Den in Scottsdale, Ariz. He is most recognized for his featured spot on the popular reality series "The Ultimate Fighter," where a fight between Dewees and Gideon Ray became known as the bloodiest battle ever seen on the show.
"This is obviously a great opportunity for me. Affliction has done an unbelievable job in organizing a world class event, with some of the biggest names in the sport on the fight card," Dewees said.
According to Shamrock, "Dewees is at the top of his game. He has proven that he has impressive takedown and submission skills, and now, through intense training at the Lion's Den, he has also become very strong on his feet. Dewees has developed into a very well rounded fighter. He is ready for this fight and will do well."