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Nelson-Riley rematch at UFC 101

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A rematch is in the works for UFC 101 on Aug. 8 in Philadelphia as lightweights Shane Nelson and Aaron Riley will do battle for the second time inside of six months after the pair fought to a controversial stoppage during their original fight at UFC 96 in March.

The bout was confirmed to on Tuesday by a source close to Nelson's camp.

Shane Nelson came into UFC 96 just one fight removed from his time on The Ultimate Fighter, and looked good in the early going, dropping his opponent with a big shot that put Riley on the canvas.

As Riley kicked up to defend himself once on the ground, referee Rick Fike rushed in to stop the action, declaring Nelson the winner much to the dismay of the Ohio crowd who saw that the fight seemed far from over.

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"It wasn't my call," said Nelson after the stoppage. "It was out of my hands if the ref stopped it. We can do it again."

And do it again they will as Nelson will get the chance to prove the first win over Riley was no fluke when the two lightweights head to Philadelphia for the UFC's first ever event in the state of Pennsylvania.

UFC 101 will be headlined by the 155-pound title fight pitting Nelson's trainer, B.J. Penn, facing off against top contender, Kenny Florian.