As expected, the UFC has moved a welterweight clash between Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and Luigi Fioravanti to the televised main card for this Saturday's UFC Fight Night 17, according to a report from MMA Junkie:
With UFC newcomer Derek Downey replacing "The Ultimate Fighter 7" winner Amir Sadollah against fellow UFC rookie Nick Catone, the middleweight contest has been relegated to Saturday's UFC Fight Night 17 un-televised preliminary card.
A welterweight bout between Luigi Fioravanti (14-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) and Anthony Johnson (6-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has instead been scheduled for the night's Spike TV broadcast portion of the card.
No surprise here, as Amir Sadollah dropped out yet again due to injury from a bout with Nick Catone that was only on the televised card in the first place because it featured a TUF winner. Subsequently, no one expected Catone's replacement fight with another newcomer, Derek Downey, to stay on the main card with the wealth of intriguing clashes already relegated to the prelim card.
Unfortunately, the broadcast is still only scheduled for two hours, as opposed to some previous Fight Night cards that have run for three hours and featured 5-6 televised fights. Nonetheless, if we see quick finishes in some of the 4 televised bouts, there's always a chance of Zuffa airing prelim fights.