UFC 96 in March saw a stoppage in the Matt Brown-Pete Sell fight that many saw as "late", with Sell taking vicious and unecessary shots at the hands of Brown before Yves Lavigne finally waved it off.
On the opposite end of the spectrum on that same night, another controversial ending tainted TUF alum Shane Nelson's victory over experienced journeyman Aaron Riley when the two lightweights clashed on the prelim card. Just 44 seconds into the bout, referee Rick Fife stepped in after Nelson knocked Riley down with a punch, even though Riley didn't appear the least bit dazed or "rocked" and was intelligently defending himself easily at the time of the stoppage.
Riley, a veteran of over 40 career fights, was furious after the fight, and fans, journalists, and even UFC president Dana White also agreed that the stoppage was not justified. According to Riley, White and Joe SIlva promised him they would try to make it up to him by getting him either a rematch with Nelson or another fight on an upcoming card.
It now appears that the former will happen, as Around the Octagon reports that the rematch will indeed take place at UFC 101 in Philadelphia on August 8th:
ATO has learned through a source close to Riley’s camp that Shane Nelson will face Aaron Riley again at UFC 101.
Even sources from the BJ Penn-trained Nelson's camp commented after the fight that they would have no problem with a rematch. Although the UFC has a very limited history of granting rematches after controversial stoppages (Kevin Burns-Anthony Johnson and Ken Shamrock-Tito Ortiz being the only ones that come to mind from recent years), it appears that both Nelson and Riley will get their wishes when they meet again in the City of Brotherly Love this summer.