UFC 92 card taking shape

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship is building up its Dec. 27 year-end event to also be its boldest offering of 2008. In addition to the UFC 92 bouts already announced -- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir, Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans, and Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson -- the promotion made several other bouts official on Thursday, rounding out the card.

Added to the pay-per-view portion of the fight card is The Ultimate Fighter Season 7 finalist C.B. Dollaway. Following a loss to Amir Sadollah in the finale, Dollaway bounced back with a win over Jesse Taylor at UFC Fight Night 14. He will face Mike Massenzio, who in his UFC debut submitted veteran Drew McFedries.

The final televised bout features two heavy-hitters as Cheick Kongo tries to get back into title contention when he faces Mustapha Al-Turk. A champion in the Cage Rage promotion, Al-Turk hopes to make a splash in his Octagon debut against the French striker.

Preliminary bouts announced for UFC 92 include Matt Hamill's attempt to bounce back from a loss to Rich Franklin, as he will face former IFL fighter Reese Andy. Middleweights Yushin Okami and Dean Lister will battle it out in their quest to rise up to challenge for the title. Japanese fighter Ryo Chonan faces another former IFLer in Brad Blackburn. Heavyweights Antoni Hardonk and newcomer Mark Burch will square off, as will two more big boys in PatBarry and Dan Evensen.

UFC 92: The Ultimate will take place on Dec. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.