LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The UFC will continue its recent utilization of Facebook on Thursday, bringing another pair of preliminary card fights to the website.
A lightweight bout between Joe Stevenson
and Danny Castillo
and a light heavyweight fight between Steve Cantwell
and Cyrille Diabate
will stream live on the UFC's Facebook fan page leading into the promotion's main card for UFC on Versus 3. The card takes place at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., and is the UFC's debut in the state.
Though not yet announced by the promotion, a UFC source confirmed to MMA Fighting on Tuesday in Louisville that the two bouts would stream at the site. This will mark the fourth straight event for the partnership, which the UFC tried for the first time at its Fight for the Troops 2 card in January.
To gain access to the two fights, which will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern, viewers must "like" the UFC's Facebook page. As of Tuesday afternoon, the UFC had more than 4.8 million fans at the site.
Stevenson, a former lightweight title challenger, has lost two straight fights, including a knockout to Mac Danzig at UFC 124 in December that earned Danzig Knockout of the Night honors. Castillo, who trains at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento with former featherweight champion Urijah Faber, makes his UFC debut after going 5-3 in the WEC prior to the two promotions' merger.
Cantwell, the former WEC light heavyweight champion, is also on a two-fight skid with losses to Luiz Cane and Brian Stann. He has been on the shelf for nearly 18 months. A much-talked about, but never disclosed issue kept the Nevada State Athletic Commission from licensing him prior to UFC 108. Once he was cleared last year, injuries kept him out of a pair of planned bouts. Diabate started his UFC career with a knockout of Cane, but was submitted at UFC 120 against Alexander Gustafsson.
The main card for UFC Live on Versus 3 begins at 9 p.m. Eastern on the cable station, featuring a main event welterweight bout between former lightweight title challenger Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann and a co-main event featuring former All-American wrestlers Mark Munoz and CB Dollaway.