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UFC hall of famer Ken Shamrock will meet Pedro Rizzo in the Impact FC 2 "The Uprising: Sydney" main event on July 17 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia. The promotion has announced nine bouts for the show.
Shamrock, having dropped five of his last six fights, has not competed since he submitted the late Ross Clifton at a Wargods event in February 2009. He was suspended in wake of the victory after testing positive for suspected steroid use. The 46-year-old recently admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his 17-year career.
A Marco Ruas protege, Rizzo has posted back-to-back wins against Gary Goodridge and Jeff Monson. The 36-year-old Brazilian -- known and revered for his powerful leg kicks -- fought for the UFC heavyweight crown three times but failed in each attempt. Victories against former UFC champions Andrei Arlovski, Ricco Rodriguez and Mark Coleman highlight his resume. Rizzo opened his professional career with nine consecutive wins, eight of them finishes.
Finally, exiled world-ranked welterweight Paul Daley will face off with Daniel Acacio in his first appearance since being released by the UFC.
Daley dropped a unanimous decision to Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 in May and threw an ill-advised sucker punch at the American Kickboxing Academy standout following the conclusion of their bout. His actions drew the ire of UFC President Dana White, along with an immediate pink slip. Based out of Team Rough House, Daley has delivered 18 of his 23 career victories by KO or TKO and remains one of the welterweight division's most-feared stand-up fighters.
A veteran of the Pride, Pancrase and KSW circuits, Acacio outpointed Cassiano Ricardo Castanho de Freitas by unanimous decision at a Platinum Fight Brazil show on May 20. The 32-year-old Brazilian holds victories against former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Delson Heleno and 2006 Pride welterweight grand prix winner Kazuo Misaki.
Other matchups greenlit for Impact FC 2 include a middleweight tilt pairing former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Paulo Filho against Denis Kang, a heavyweight showdown pitting Bob Sapp against Soa Palelei and a bout between former ElitXC middleweight titleholder Murilo "Ninja" Rua and "The Ultimate Fighter"Season 7 semifinalist Jesse Taylor.