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Joey Villasenor to fight at EliteXC 'Showdown'

Middleweight Joey Villasenor will fight at EliteXC "Showdown" on September 20 at The Pit in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The promotion today announced the event and Villasenor's participation.

Villasenor (26-6) trains out of Greg Jackson's camp in Albuquerque and is considered a contender for Robbie Lawler's EliteXC title. Villasenor, a former King of the Cage champion, fell short in his first attempt for the EliteXC title, losing by TKO to Murilo "Ninja" Rua at a Strikeforce-EliteXC co-promoted event in June 2007. Other than that loss, Villasenor has been victorious in his other four fights with EliteXC, and most recently stopped Phil Baroni at the inaugural CBS-EliteXC "Saturday Night Fights" event.

An opponent for Villasenor has not yet been announced.

Tickets for the Showtime-televised event (10pm ET/PT) will go on sale Thursday.