great test for both guys .A lightweight bout between Joe Stevenson (31-11 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and Takaonori Gomi (31-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is possible but not set for UFC on Versus 2.
Despite reports that the fight is a done deal, a source close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have not been distributed and that verbal agreements are not necessarily in place for both fighters.
If signed, the fight will grace the main card of the Versus-televised card, which is expected for Aug. 1 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. The Utah Athletic Commission earlier this week gave the green-light for the UFC to hold the event, and a formal announcement is expected from the organization shortly.
Heavy.com first reported the possibility of the match-up earlier today.
Despite a three-round battle, Stevenson lost a ground war against Australian George Sotiropoulos and fell short on points in his most recent performance at UFC 110. The loss snapped a two-fight win streak against standouts Nate Diaz and Spencer Fisher and put "The Ultimate Fighter 2" veteran back on the road to redemption.
Prior to his February setback, Stevenson had been bested only by B.J. Penn, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez.
Gomi, meanwhile, met disappointment in his octagon debut this past month against Florian. The former PRIDE lightweight champion met a hail of jabs from the two-time lightweight contender and was unable to land any significant punches en route to a third-round submission loss.
Since PRIDE's end in 2007, Gomi is 4-3 in professional competition. Once considered the best lightweight in the world, he finds himself fighting to redeem, or salvage, his legacy.
UFC on Versus 1, which took place March 21 at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., marked a new partnership between Versus and Zuffa LLC, the parent company of both the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting, which has been on the all-sports cable station since 2007.
Upon the initial announcement of the deal in December, which also marked the extension of live WEC events on the cable station, officials announced that two 2010 UFC event also will air on Versus.
There's no word if the partnership extends beyond this year.
UFC on Versus 2 takes place a month after a planned July 3 UFC 116 event, which is expected to take place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It also takes place six days prior another planned pay-per-view event, likely UFC 117, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., as MMAjunkie.com recently reported.