March 13, 2009

The debut of the UFC in Germany continues to gain steam as well as add fights. A lightweight tilt has been confirmed for the UFC 99 card as The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 competitor Roli Delgado will face Wolfslair fighter PaulKelly, who will make his first appearance at 155 pounds for the show.

The fight was confirmed to by sources close to the matchup on Thursday.

Delgado returns to the UFC for the first time since the "Ultimate Fighter" season 8 finale show when he defeated former housemate John Polakowski by guillotine choke in the second round.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt looks to build upon that win when he faces a very tough competitor in British fighter Kelly.

Just off the heels of a tough fight against Hawaiian Troy Mandaloniz, Kelly will make the move to 155 pounds for the first time. The Wolfslair trained fighter has commented on the move previously and will now transition to the lightweight class with Delgado as his first challenge.

There is no official word on the placement of this bout, but it is believed to be a part of the undercard for the show. The UFC 99 main event features RichFranklin vs. Wanderlei Silva at a catchweight of 195 pounds.


The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday officially announced the addition of two welterweight bouts, one lightweight bout, and a heavyweight bout to its UFC 99: Franklin vs. Silva fight card. The promotion's German debut is scheduled for June 13 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

First up, Mike "Quick" Swick will look for his fourth straight win at 170 pounds when he battles Ben "Killa B" Saunders. Both are coming off devastating knockout wins last December, Swick stopping Jonathan Goulet in just 33 seconds, and Saunders using a ferocious assault of knees to dispatch Brandon Wolff in just one minute and 49 seconds.

And while Swick-Saunders certainly has knockout of the night potential, the same can be said for the showdown between "The Irish Hand Grenade," MarcusDavis, and Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. Fresh off his 69-second knockout of RoryMarkham last month at UFC 95, Hardy hasn't been shy about his desire to fight the veteran Davis, who scored a three-round decision win over Chris Lytle in his last bout at UFC 93 in January. On June 13, he'll get his wish.

Also added to the UFC 99 card, which is headlined by the highly anticipated bout between Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva, is a lightweight contest featuring Germany's Dennis Siver against Dale Hartt, and an all-European heavyweight matchup between Stefan Struve and Denis Stojnic.

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