("The Promise" and "Killer Bee" will clash down under.)
CagePotato.com has learned from a source close to the fight that a middleweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter 11 standout Nick Ring (10-0) and Kazuo Misaki‘s Grabaka teammate, Riki Fukuda (17-4) has been signed for UFC 127 February 27 in Sydney, Australia.
The fight will be the first for Ring since the undefeated Canadian notched a majority decision win over eventual TUF 11 winner Court McGee while filming the show in January. After the bout, Ring, who had been competing with a lingering knee injury, was forced to pull out of the competition due to a torn ACL which would require surgery. The favorite to win the competition, the 30-year-old has been rehabbing the joint since having it surgically repaired in April and has been training in Montreal at Tristar Gym with fellow UFC fighters, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and longtime training partner Rory MacDonald.
Fukuda, who, like Ring, will also be making his Octagon debut at the event down under, is the DEEP middleweight champion and has not lost since 2008. An EliteXC and DREAM veteran, his most notable victory is a unanimous decision he won over Murilo "Ninja" Rua at DREAM 8 in 2009. The 29-year-old native of Tokyo who has only been finished once in his career surprised many when he took veteran Joe Doerksen to a decision in his first bout in 2004.
UFC 127, which will take place at the Acer Arena in Sydney, will also feature BJ Penn versus Jon Fitch, George Sotiropoulos versus Dennis Siver and Jorge Rivera versus Michael Bisping. A number of other bouts are rumored for the card, but have not been confirmed.
February 27, 2011
Jon Fitch vs. BJ Penn
Carlos Condit vs. Chris Lytle*
George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver
Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera
Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te-Huna
Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda
Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson*
Kyle Noke vs. Chris Camozzi*
Kurt Warburton vs. Maciej Jewtuszko*