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Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda Inked for UFC 127 February 27 in Australia

("The Promise" and "Killer Bee" will clash down under.) 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.


UFC 127
February 27, 2011
Acer Arena
Sydney, Australia

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*

*Rumored bout.

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RwilsonR- December 7, 2010 at 10:31 am
^^^ I'm not going to touch that with a 25cm pole... but I think Mauro might.
the chef- December 7, 2010 at 10:19 am
Joe Rogan: Fukuda will definitely prove to be some stiff competition for Nick
Goldberg: Yeah, it may be hard for Nick to swallow, but Fukuda's really been training his standup, so we can definitely expect some hard back and forth between these two.
Joe Rogan: Oh yeah, one of these guys is gonna get nailed, and go down.
GetUpAndKill- December 7, 2010 at 9:36 am
Awesome...Nick is about the only guy who would actually laugh at the homo jokes before breaking his hand on your face.
Knee Deep- December 7, 2010 at 9:33 am
Ring was the favorite to win that competition? It is confirmed, I stopped paying attention to TUF long ago.
Fedor Penn- December 7, 2010 at 9:08 am
Looks like a solid card.
BryanF- December 7, 2010 at 7:40 am
Mike Russell- December 7, 2010 at 7:35 am
Saunders is "Killa' Bee."
LOKI- December 7, 2010 at 7:26 am
I thought Ben Saunders was the 'Killer Bee'?

And Nick Ring isnt ghey, hes just FABULOUS!
Fried Taco- December 7, 2010 at 7:16 am
Nick "The Cock" Ring vs Riki (really spelled "Liki") Fukuda. I wouldn't want to be an announcer for that fight, too easy to slip up.
Ballkick- December 7, 2010 at 6:55 am
Nick has some stiff competition here in Riki........

That's right guys I set em up, take it from here.

Seriously I hope Nick makes you eat your words. He's a good fighter who made A bad decision to play up the gay angle on TUF. Sorry to burst your bubble but I know several women he's been with.
Nick Ring- December 7, 2010 at 6:42 am
I'm really looking forward to fighting, you guytth. I jutht hope my kneeee ligamentth aren't thuuuuuuuuper looooooooooothe.
the chef- December 7, 2010 at 6:39 am
That gay guy?