A Host Of Newcomers Added to UFC Fight Night 14

James Giboo vs. Brad Blackburn

Giboo and Blackburn, UFC welterweights newcomers, recently agreed to the bout, sources close to both fighters tell MMAjunkie.com .Giboo, an Iowa-based fighter who’s fought in the Midwest’s top regional promotions, is currently riding a six-fight win streak. The 30-year-old has balanced a fighting career with duties as a high school biology teacher and wrestling coach. The noted ground fighter has finished nine of his 11 career victories via submission, most by rear-naked or triangle choke. Blackburn, a former IFL fighter based out of Seattle, trains under Maurice Smith with Andy Reese, who will meet Brandon Vera at the same July 19 event. The 31-year-old has lost just once in his past five fights, which included a victory over highly touted IFL welterweight Jay Hieron in June 2007.

Johnny Rees vs. Nate Loughran

Two UFC newcomers with a combined 18 stoppage victories in 18 career fights, will meet at UFC Fight Night 14. MMAjunkie.com today confirmed the July 19 bout with Rees’ management. Rees, a veteran of the Indiana-based Legends of Fighting and United Fight League organizations, turned pro in October 2005 and has reeled off 10 consecutive victories — eight via submission and seven in the first round. He’ll now fight for the first time since a November 2007 victory over Jeremy Wingler (7-3) at LOF 22. Loughran, a veteran of Gladiator Challenge and Palace Fighting Championship, has posted eight consecutive victories — seven via submission and six in the first round. In his most recent fight, he picked up the PFC middleweight title with a second-round submission victory over Kenny Ento (9-4). “The winner of the fight will be the fans,” said Ken Pavia, Rees’ agent. “Between the two of them, they are 18-0 with 18 definitive finishes. (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva did a great job with this fight. I am excited for Johnny because a win over Nate really puts him on the map and puts him closer to his dream of wearing a UFC strap. The kid is legit.”

Shannon Gugherty vs.  Dale Hartt

Lightweight fighters Shannon Gugherty (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Dale Hartt (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have agreed to meet in an undercard bout at the July 19 event. A source from Gugherty’s camp alerted MMAjunkie.com  of the bout, though Hartt’s agent, Ken Pavia, could neither confirm nor deny the fight. Gugherty, a longtime veteran of the Total Combat organization, fights out of San Diego with City Boxing. He’s currently riding a six-fight win streak, which includes six stoppages (four of which came in the first round). Gugherty kickstarted his career with a victory over WEC contender Cub Swanson, and in his most recent fight, he delivered Johnny Torres (5-1) his first career loss. Hartt, who’s competed recently for Full Force Productions in Massachusetts, trains under UFC welterweight Marcus Davis in Maine. The 29-year-old is a perfect 5-0 with five stoppages since turning pro in 2004.

UFC Fight Night 14:

Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin

Brandon Vera vs. Reese Andy

Cain Velasquez vs. Jake O’Brien

Hermes Franca vs. Frank Edgar

Kevin Burns vs. Anthony Johnson

Brad Blackburn vs. James Giboo

Nate Loughran vs. Johnny Rees

Shannon Gugherty vs. Dale Hartt

 

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