http://mmafrenzy.com/14224/ufc-116-marquardt-vs-sakara-schaub-vs-tuchscher-likely-for-july-3-in-las-vegas/Middleweight contender Nate Marquardt will look to rebound from his recent setback when he likely returns against resurgent 185-pounder Alessio Sakara at UFC 116, while The Ultimate Fighter 10 runner-up Brendan Schaub is expected to face fellow heavyweight Chris Tuchscherer at the July 3 event in Las Vegas, according to Joe Ferraro.
After suffering a controversial split decision loss to Thales Leites in mid-2008, Marquardt (29-9-2) worked his way back into contention with three-straight wins, including a 21-second knockout of Demian Maia in August, but dropped a unanimous decision to upcoming title challenger Chael Sonnen in February.
Following a 3-4 start to his UFC career, the former light heavyweight Sakara (15-7) has won three-straight over Joe Vedepo, Leites, and most-recently James Irvin at last month’s UFC on Versus 1.
Schaub (5-1) suffered a first-round KO to Roy Nelson in the finals of TUF 10, but bounced back with a first-round TKO of Chase Gormley in March, while Tuchscherer (18-2), a training partner of heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, earned a majority decision over Tim Hague in February after dropping his UFC debut Gabriel Gonzaga last August.
UFC 116 is headlined by the anticipated return of heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar vs. interim title-holder Shane Carwin, and is expected to be co-headlined by Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.
kinda think marquadt is getting the shaft on this one.
And also looks like kongo vs. Roy Nelson
http://mmafrenzy.com/14223/roy-nelson-vs-cheick-kongo-possible-for-ufc-116-on-july-3/Heavyweight Cheick Kongo, who recently signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC, will return to action to at UFC 116, and could meet The Ultimate Fighter 10 winner Roy Nelson at the July 3 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, according to Fighters Only.
Kongo (15-6-1) rebounded from back-to-back losses to Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir with a third-round stoppage of Paul Buentello at UFC on Versus 1 in March to improve to 8-4 in the UFC.
Nelson (15-4) snapped a two-fight losing streak by winning TUF 10 in December with a first-round knockout of Brendan Schaub, then scored “Knockout of the Night” honors for his first-round KO of Stefan Struve at UFC Fight Night 21 late last month.
I think there starting to see roy as a viable star because he is now not fighting junior dos santos like he was supposed to if he won the struve fight in the same vein jds isnt fighting Cain.