The last time former-WEC light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell set foot in the Octagon was at “UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard” last September, dropping a unanimous decision to Brian Stann. Now, he is set to return after the lengthy layoff over one year after his last fight at UFC 120 this October.
The news was reported earlier today by MMAjunkie.com who spoke to a source close to the fighter.
Cantwell’s problems all began at the very beginning of 2010 at UFC 108. He was originally set to fight Vladimir Matyushenko at the injury-plagued event, but, just days before the event, the Nevada State Athletic Commission decided against granting Cantwell his license to compete. Cantwell was then cleared to fight in May, set to face off against Ricardo Romero on the preliminary card of UFC 116, but he was scratched from that fight as well.
Cantwell has yet to receive an opponent for UFC 120 at the O2 Arena in London, England on October 16, but all indications are pointing to the former WEC champion finally making his return to action on the card.