The July 27th, UFC on FOX 8 is nearing completion, as a lightweight bout between rugged vet Aaron Riley and former NCAA Division 1 wrestler Justin Salas has been added to the card. The match-up was announced on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”.
Riley will be returning to the UFC for the first time since September, 2011, when he broke his jaw during his UFC 135 bout with Tony Ferguson. Prior to the TKO defeat the 32 year-old scored a unanimous decision win over Joe Brammer at UFC 114.
The Indiana fighter made his Octagon debut way back at UFC 37 in 2002, and lost by UD to Robbie Lawler. If you’re thinking that sounds like a long time ago, consider this: Riley (30-13-1) made his pro debut in 1997.
Salas (10-4) is a newcomer to the UFC in comparison, as the decorated wrestler has fought twice in the Octagon, and both fights took place last year. At a UFC on FUEL TV card last February, the 31 year-old Salas earned a UD win over Anton Kuivanen, but was quickly stopped by Tim Means at a UFC on FX show in June.
UFC on FOX 8 will be hosted by Seattle’s Key Arena and will be headlined by a flyweight bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and John Moraga.
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