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Anthony Johnson Vs. John Howard for TUF 9 Finale


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Two exciting and explosive welterweights have agreed to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June.


Sources close to the negotiations told MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com) Anthony Johnson (7-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and John Howard (11-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) have agreed to the bout, which is expected to be finalized in the coming week or two.


MMAjunkie.com first reported last week that the TUF9 Finale is expected to take place June 20, though the event and a location have not been officially announced.


The event, set to air on Spike TV, also features the welterweight and lightweight finales for the upcoming ninth season of "TUF." The show, which debuts April 1, features a U.S. vs. U.K. squad with Dan Henderson heading the American team and Michael Bisping leading the British squad.


The Johnson vs. Howard fight will likely take place on the night's televised main card.


Johnson will go for his third straight win (and fourth win his past five fights) when he meets Howard. At The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale in December, Johnson recently avenged a controversial loss to Kevin Burns. Burn originally defeated Burns at UFC Fight Night 14 in July 2008, but an inadvertent eye poker set up the victory.


Johnson rebounded for a brutal third-round knockout (via head kick) of Burns in the second meeting and then recently scored a first-round TKO of Luigi Fioravanti earlier this month a UFC Fight Night 17. Johnson is now 4-2 in his UFC career.


Howard, meanwhile, recently made his octagon debut at UFC 94. There, the former Ring of Combat and IFL fighter scored a split-decision win over a very tough Chris Wilson. The Northeast-based fighter has now won four consecutive fights.


For the latest on The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.




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