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UFC trump card on July 19th coming together quickly

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Yahoo! Sports' Dave Meltzer made it official yesterday that UFC will go head-to-head with Affliction's Banned pay-per-view on July 19th with a card in Las Vegas.

UFC is one-upping Affliction's MMA debut by putting its show on Spike TV.

The Ultimate Fight Night 14 card won't lack for starpower.

The main event will feature Anderson Silva, Yahoo! Sports No.1 pound-for-pound MMA fighter, moving up from 185 pounds to 205. His light heavyweight debut will come against James Irvin.

According to Sam Caplan from other fights on the docket include:

Brandon Vera v. Reese Andy, 205 lbs.

Jake O'Brien v. Cain Velasquez, Heavyweight

Hermes Franca v. Frankie Edgar, 155 lbs.

Anthony Johnson v. Kevin Burns, 170 lbs.

Both Vera and Burns fought less than two weeks ago at UFC 85 in London. Vera lost on a controversial stoppage against Fabricio Werdum at heavyweight. Burns was a surprise winner over Roan Carneiro.

The quick turnaround is interesting for Vera, who will drop to 205 from his fighting weight of 223.

UFC is expected to officially announce the event during this Saturday's Ultimate Fighter Finale on Spike TV. The date is listed awaiting approval on the Nevada State Athletic Commission's website.

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