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Up-to-the-minute news about the UFC on FUEL TV 3 fight card, taking place May 15 in Fairfax, VA.

More fight card updates:
UFC on FUEL TV 3 - May 15
Strikeforce San Jose - May 19
UFC 146 - May 26
TUF Live Finale - June 1
UFC on FX 3 - June 8
UFC on FX 4 - June 22
UFC 147 - June 23
UFC 148 - July 7
UFC on FUEL TV 4 - July 11
UFC 149 - July 21
UFC on FOX 4 - August 4
UFC 150 - August 11

An injury has postponed the UFC debut of Russian bantamweight Azamat Gashimov, who was expected to fight next Tuesday against Alex Soto at UFC on FUEL TV.

Stepping in for the injured fighter is UFC/WEC vet Francisco Rivera, who has racked up two lighting-fast knockout wins since his last UFC outing.

Riley Injured, McKenzie Gets New Fairfax Foe updated April 25
An injury has derailed the planned lightweight bout between Aaron Riley and Cody McKenzie. With Riley forced to withdraw, Marcus "The Prospect" LeVesseur will step in to battle the TUF submission specialist next month.

Hougland in for Easton in Fairfax updated March 23
Ferocious bantamweight Mike Easton has been forced to withdraw from his May 15th fight with Yves Jabouin due to injury. His replacement will be Jeff Hougland, who is being moved from his July return into this bout with Jabouin.

Backed by great striking prowess, Jabouin is looking to start a solid streak of wins at bantamweight, while submission specialist Hougland seeks his tenth straight victory.

One More Bout Added to Fairfax Fight updated March 14
Coming off a Fight of the Night performance against Kyle Kingsbury, Brazilian slugger Fabio Maldonado will face Igor Pokrajac in a light heavyweight bout May 15.

The bout replaces the originally-planned 205 bout between Brandon Vera and Thiago Silva. That matchup fell through after Vera was injured. Silva was then tapped to headline the UFC on FUEL event in Sweden against Alexander Gustafsson when his original opponent, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, was also injured.

The ticket presale for the event, headlined by a featherweight
contender's match between Chan Sung Jung ("The Korean Zombie") and
Dustin Poirier began Wednesday morning, with general on-sale starting Friday.

Stephens in Against Cowboy, Plus Four New Fairfax Fights updated February 29
An exciting lightweight matchup has been tweaked due to injury, and the result is... another exciting lightweight matchup. With dynamic striker Yves Edwards injured, the bomb-lobbing Jeremy Stephens has been tapped to replace him against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. Chances for an of-the-night performances are good -- Stephens has picked up post-fight bonuses in three of his last six bouts; Cerrone in five of his last seven.

In other lightweight action on FUEL TV, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialists Carlo ‘Neo’ Prater and TJ Grant will clash, and wrestler/brawler Kamal ‘Prince of Persia’ Shalorus will meet BJJ black belt/brawler Rafael Dos Anjos.

Another contender is entering the UFC's bantamweight division as Azamat Gashimov makes his promotional debut against Alex Soto. "The aggressive styles of these fighters should make for a action-packed fight," said UFC president Dana White.

Plus longtime bantamweight veterans Jeff Curran and Johnny Eduardo will battle it out in the Octagon in Fairfax.

Bouts listed have been verbally agreed upon by both fighters.

The Hulk Takes on the Tiger in Fairfax updated February 13
Two bantamweight striking specialists, Mike "The Hulk" Easton and Yves "Tiger" Jabouin will go head-to-head in the Octagon on May 15th in Fairfax, VA. Both have verbally agreed to the bout, which will take place on a fight card that's quickly shaping up to feature some of the most exciting fighters in the UFC.

Fairfax Fight Card Filling Up updated February 11
Verbal agreements are in for a trio of bouts at the UFC event May 15 in Fairfax that feature TUF fan favorites coming in off the injured list.

TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah will meet 11-2 Wanderlei Silva protege Jorge Lopez in a welterweight war. The matchup was originally slated to take place last weekend at UFC 143, but both fighters were injured during their training camps.

Lightweight Aaron Riley will throw down in his hometown against TUF 12 submission specialist Cody McKenzie.

Fans in Fairfax will also witness a middleweight matchup between 10-2 Dongi ‘The Ox’ Yang and 7-1 Brad Tavares.

Poirier vs. Zombie to Headline in Fairfax updated February 10
"The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung takes on Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier in a three-round main event, set for May 15th in Fairfax, VA.

Jung, widely regarded as one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, is coming off the 2nd-fastest KO in UFC history and pulled off the submission of the year for 2011. Poirier is the division's fastest-rising star, and known for his relentless power punching style, but his last two outings have earned him spectacular submission wins. He remains undefeated at featherweight.

In other UFC on FUEL news, two of the UFC's most exciting lightweights will clash as Yves Edwards and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone go to war.

Additionally, Brandon Vera was injured shortly after his rematch with Thiago Silva was announced. Stepping in for the light heavyweight bout will be Igor Pokrajac, who most recently knocked out Krzysztof Soszynski and stopped Todd Brown.

All three fights have been verbally agreed upon.

Silva and Vera Get Their Rematch updated February 2
Light heavyweights Thiago Silva and Brandon "The Truth" Vera have verbally agreed to wrap up some unfinished business this May in Fairfax, VA. "Their last fight ended up a no contest and both guys are out to prove that they are the better man," said UFC president Dana White.

Verbal agreements are also in for a middleweight matchup at that event between "Filthy" Tom Lawlor and Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald.

The bouts will take place at the just-announced third UFC on FUEL TV </a>event, tentatively scheduled for May 15 in Fairfax, Virginia. More details including venue information and ticket on-sales will be announced in coming weeks.