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|LeVesseur getting another shot at Minnesota's second UFC event|
|Written by Ben Pherson|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2012 08:39|
Despite a loss in his UFC debut, legendary Minnesota wrestler Marcus LeVesseur is getting another shot with the sport's biggest organization.
And this time, LeVesseur will be fighting at home.
LeVesseur, who went unbeaten and won four NCAA Division III national titles while wrestling at Augsburg College, is set for his second UFC bout on Oct. 5 at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis during UFC on FX 5. The Minnesota event was announced less than two weeks ago, yet the card is filling up quickly.
LeVesseur (21-6) will take on standout Carlo Prater (28-12-1) at 155 pounds.
The Minnesotan dropped his UFC debut at UFC on FUEL TV 3 earlier this year. He was submitted by TUF veteran Cody McKenzie with a guillotine choke. The loss ended LeVesseur's three-fight winning streak. He had won 10 of his past 12 fights going into the showdown with McKenzie.
Prater suffered a unanimous-decision loss to T.J. Grant, fighting at UFC on FUEL TV 3 in May. He had been on a five-fight winning streak, which included a controversial win over Erick Silva at UFC 142.
Prater is a big-fight veteran. He's been in the cage with many of the sport's best, including Melvin Guillard, Drew Fickett, Spencer Fisher, Carlos Condit, Keith Wisniewski, Patrick Healy, Derrick Noble, Anthony Lapsley, Brock Larson, Antonio McKee, Richard Crunkilton and Cameron Dollar.
His most notable career win came over Condit, back in back in 2004. But Condit won the rematch with his WEC title on the line in 2008.
Several other fights already have been added to Minnesota's second UFC event at Target Center.
The same day LeVesseur's fight was announced, Josh Neer was added to the card. The
longtime UFC veteran (33-11-1 overall, 6-7 in the UFC) will take on Justin Edwards (7-2, 1-2 UFC) at 170 pounds.
In a flyweight bout, UFC veterans Darren Uyenoyama (7-3, 1-0) and Louis Gaudinot (6-2, 1-1) will square off.
The Minnesota card could benefit from a tough call during last weekend's event, UFC on FOX 4.
Phil Davis (9-1) and Wagner Prado (7-0) met in a light heavyweight showdown during that event. But the fight ended in a no-contest after an accidental eye poke to Prado halted the fight.
Immediately after the fight, UFC president Dana White said he was looking to set up the rematch. And that rematch likely will come in Minnesota.
White said in the post-fight press conference that as long as Prado's eye is good to go, the two light heavyweight standouts will square off again in October at the Target Center.
The Minnesota event will feature a main event of heavyweight sensation Travis Browne against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.
Browne is considered a big-time prospect at heavyweight. He's never been defeated, going 13-0-1 in MMA and 4-0-1 in five UFC bouts. Silva is 16-4 overall, but he lost his UFC debut against No. 1 UFC heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez in May.
Browne was supposed to compete during last weekend's UFC event as part of the main card on UFC on FOX 4. But the 6-foot-7 heavyweight was forced off the card when his opponent, Ben Rothwell (32-8) suffered an ankle injury.
The UFC rewarded Browne, who trains with Greg Jackson in New Mexico, with his first main-event role.
There are four other bouts already lined up for the Minnesota UFC event. Those fights are Rob Broughton (15-7-1) vs. Matt Mitrione (5-1) at heavyweight, Mike Pierce (14-5) vs. Aaron Simpson (12-3) at welterweight, Jussier da Silva (14-1) vs. John Dodson (13-5) at flyweight and Diego Nunes (17-3) vs. Bart Palaszewski (30-16) at featherweight.
The night's main card will air on FX, while the undercard is expected to be available on both FUEL TV and Facebook.
UFC ON FX 5
Minneapolis * Target Center * Oct. 5
Expected fight card to date
265 -- Travis Browne (13-0-1) vs. Antonio Silva (16-4)
265 -- Rob Broughton (15-7-1) vs. Matt Mitrione (5-1)
205 -- Phil Davis (9-1) vs. Wagner Prado (7-0)
170 -- Mike Pierce (14-5) vs. Aaron Simpson (12-3)
170 -- Josh Neer (33-11-1) vs. Justin Edwards (7-2)
155 -- Marcus LeVesseur (21-6) vs. Carlo Prater (28-12-1)
125 -- Jussier da Silva (14-1) vs. John Dodson (13-5)
125 -- Louis Gaudinot (6-2) vs. Darren Uyenoyama (7-3)
145 -- Diego Nunes (17-3) vs. Bart Palaszewski (30-16)