It was rumored that if Eddie Alvarez was given his injunction against Bellator that he would have fought on UFC 159, which takes place in Newark, N.J. on April 27. When that went down the drain, it looks like the UFC has gone with plan B – they have announced Vinny Magalhaes versus Phil Davis, and Roy Nelson versus Cheick Kongo for the card. These are two quality matches that are sure to end up on the main card alongside the main event of Jon Jones versus Chael Sonnen for the UFC light-heavyweight title.
After much campaigning it looks like Magalhaes has gotten his wish, because the UFC has put him in a match with Davis. Magalhaes was beaten by Ryan Bader in the finale of their season of the Ultimate Fighter, and a subsequent loss to Eilot Marshall marked his exit from the Octagon. Upon his return he submitted Igor Pokrajac, and now he faces a top-ten light-heavyweight in Davis. It would be easily the biggest win of his career if he can defeat Davis.
Nelson is looking to get back in contention with a win over Kongo. Nelson has gone 3-1 in his last four fights, and each win has come by TKO or KO. He was supposed to face Shane Carwin in his last bout, but an injury put a stop to that. Now he has a chance to earn his most significant win since finishing Stefan Struve nearly three years ago if he can finish Kongo. For Kongo, this is a chance to erase a horrible 2012. Early in the year he was knocked out by Mark Hunt, and then his second fight was a heavily criticized when he took on Shawn Jordan. Both of these fighters have been on the cusp of title shots, and while they will not earn one with a win here, their names will be in the mix.