The UFC 176 show, headlined by Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes in a featherweight title rematch, is beginning to fill up.
Strikeforce veterans will go to war as Derek Brunson takes on Lorenz Larkin. Brunson will make his return following a loss to rising star Yoel Romero, and this will be Larkin’s first fight since he was knocked out by Costa Philippou last month at UFC Fight Night Cincinnati.
The show also added a preliminary bout as Wilmer Lazaro (12-2) will take on unbeaten James Vick (5-0). The bout will mark Lazaro’s UFC debut, after going unbeaten over the last four years.
Vick was a participant on The Ultimate Fighter Season 15, where he won two fights, including beating heavily favored Dakota Cochrane and Daron Cruickshank, before being defeated by eventual winner Michael Chiesa. The bout is Vick’s only loss since turning pro, although it’s an exhibition and doesn’t count on his pro record. Vick has fought only once since 2011, defeating Ramsey Nijem by guillotine choke in only 58 seconds last August at UFC Fight Night- Sonnen vs. Shogun.
The current UFC 176 card is as follows:
Champion Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes II- UFC Featherweight Title
Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky
Fabricio Camoes vs. Gray Maynard
Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin
Walmir Lazaro vs. James Vick
UFC 176 will take place on August 2 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show’s main card will air on pay-per-view, with the preliminary bouts airing on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.