Damage control continues from the canceled UFC 151 card, with two more fights moved to another card. Lightweight fights between Shane Roller and Jacob Volkmann, as well as Danny Castillo vs. Michael Johnson now join Jay Hieron vs. Jake Ellenberger on the list of UFC 151 fights jettisoned to Minneapolis for UFC on FX 5. The news was confirmed by the UFC’s officials on their twitter account.
UFC 151’s lightweights going to MN – Roller/Volkmann and Johnson/Castillo both bumped to FX5 card
— UFC (@ufc) August 24, 2012
Both fights were scheduled for the preliminary card of UFC 151 and there’s nothing to suggest either of these fights will be elevated to main card status.
Roller saved his UFC job last July with a win over John Alessio, while Volkmann is coming off his first loss at lightweight, a victim of Paul Sass’ “Sassangle”. Volkmann is a Minnesota native so there is definitely local interest in this one.
Castillo is 4-1 in the UFC and his last fight was a win over John Cholish in May. TUF 12 runner-up Michael Johnson fought on that same card, upsetting TUF 13 winner Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision. Johnson also beat Shane Roller at UFC on FOX 2 in January.
This rapidly-filling card (through the loss of UFC 151) currently looks like this:
Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva (main event)
John Dodson vs. Jussier Da Silva
Jay Hieron vs. Jake Ellenberger
Matt Mitrione vs. Rob Broughton
Josh Neer vs. Justin Edwards
Carlo Prater vs. Marcus LaVasseur
Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Phil Harris vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Bart Palaszewski vs. Diego Nunes
Aaron Simpson vs. Mike Pierce
Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann
Danny Castillo vs. Michael Johnson
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