A heavyweight clash between Anthony Hamilton (15-7) and Daniel Spitz (5-1) will take place at UFC Fight Night 116 on Sept. 16 from PPG Paints Arena in Pitssburgh, Penn. Promotion officials recently announced the booking.
Hamilton is a 37-year-old Washington native and former National Junior College All-American. “Freight Train” has knockout wins over the likes of Ruan Potts and Damian Grabowski inside the octagon, but he’s currently on a two-fight skid.
Last December Hamilton was submitted by Francis Ngannou at UFC Fight Night 102, and most recently was stopped by marcel Fortuna via first-round KO at UFC Fight Night 104 in February. Training out of Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, Hamilton has finished eight of his 15 wins via knockout and one by submission.
Spitz will be looking for his first win inside the octagon after dropping a unanimous decision to Mark Godbeer in his promotional debut at UFC 209 in March. Prior to that the 26-year-old Washington heavyweight had scored an epic 4-second knockout of Colton Vaughn in the King of the Cage organization last November.
Spitz also brought home a unanimous decision win over old school UFC vet Wesley “Cabbage” Correia at a regional event in April 2016. Three of Spitz’s five career wins have been by submission and one by knockout.
A middleweight matchup between former champion Luke Rockhold and No. 9 ranked David Branch is expected to headline the UFC Fight Night 116 card. Stay close to adcombat.com for all your BJJ and MMA news updates.