The Ultimate Fighting Championship's return to the “Rose City” has its first three bouts confirmed.
UFC Fight Night 96, scheduled for Oct. 1 at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., will feature a pair of lightweight bouts between former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Will Brooks and Brazilian “Cowboy” Alex Oliveira, as well as veterans Bobby Green and Joshua Burkman locking horns. A third contest at 205 pounds will see unbeaten Brazilian Luis Henrique da Silva face Denmark Joachim Christensen in the latter's Octagon debut.
MMAJunkie.com first reported the trio of bouts on Monday after confirming them with UFC officials.
A winner of nine straight fights, the 29-year-old Brooks made a successful UFC debut at the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 23, winning a unanimous decision over Ross Pearson after exiting the Bellator ranks as the company's 155-pound champion. Oliveira, 28, rebounded from his loss to fellow “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone in the UFC Fight Night 83 headliner in February by dominating James Moontasri en route to a unanimous decision at the UFC on Fox 20 on July 23.
Burkman is 1-3 with a No Contest on his ledger since returning to the UFC in January 2005, alternating a decision win over K.J. Noons and a decision loss to Paul Felder in his last two outings. Green returned from 17 months away from the Octagon at UFC 199 in June, only to be knocked out by Dustin Poirier in under three minutes.
Brazil's da Silva, 26, made a successful UFC debut on that same UFC 199 card, knocking out Jonathan Wilson in the second round to run his pro record to 11-0. Christensen has won five straight to punch his ticket to the UFC, including wins over Max Nunes, Jonas Billstein and Anthony Ruiz.
The UFC's first card in Portland in nearly six years, UFC Fight Night 96 will air live on Fox Sports 1.