Racine’s Solomon Hutcherson (8-4) is slated to face Amir Rahnavardi (9-8) in Canada’s Hardcore Championship Fighting on February 1, 2008.
Hutcherson as you may remember was a contestant on the Ultimate Fighter Season 3 reality show early in 2006. While on the show he fought Rory Singer in episode 5 and suffered a KO loss in the second round. In the Ultimate Fighter Finale 3, in June of 2006 he squared off against Luigi Fioravanti but suffered a first round KO late in the round. Since his time in the UFC, Hutcherson has rallied back and rattled off two straight wins. In addition, he has signed a multi-fight contract with the fairly new upstart Hardcore Championship Fighting out of Canada. He has also been training in Las Vegas at Xtreme Couture with his Team Dagger cohort Kendall Grove.
Amir Rahnavardi is riding a two-fight losing streak. His most recent loss came at the hands of Antonio Schembri via Triangle Choke in May. Prior to that he lost a unanimous decision to Ryan McGivern two weeks earlier in the IFL. Rahnavardi has also fought in Pride, King of the Cage, and Extreme Challenge organizations. He has fought many notable opponents including Keith Jardine, Gary Goodrich, and Lee Murray. His biggest win was over Daijiro Matsui in 2000.
Hardcore Championship Fighting has put on two shows since July and has featured notable fighters such as Sean Salmon, Gergard Mousasi, Aleksander Emelianenko, and Joe Riggs. Their third event will feature the return of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Nogueira (12-3) has not seen action since his upset loss to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at Pride 33 last February.
Below is the complete card according to MMA Weekly:
Hardcore Championship Fighting 3: Destiny
HCF Lightweight Championship
Thomas Schulte vs. Garett Davis
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Todd Gouwenberg
Gegard Mousasi vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos
John Alessio vs. Derrick Noble
Damir Mirenic vs. Mike Pyle
Andrew Buckland vs. Dan Chambers
Solomon Hutcherson vs. Amir Rahnavardi
Myles Merola vs. Ariel Sexton
Tim Hague vs. Miodrag Petkovic
Nabil Khatib vs. Lucas Rota
Babian Cortez vs. Juan Barrantes