(Should make for some interesting match-ups if you’re an MMA fan. Or if you’re a CP commenter, they’ll likely just be fodder for ginger and gay jokes.)
The UFC announced a pair of upcoming bouts Monday between featuring two TUF alumnus and a pair of apt opponents.
After picking up his first win in the Octagon at the TUF 12 finale over Aaron Wilkinson via his patented “Mackenzietine” choke, the 23-year-old Cordova, Alaska native lost the first bout of his 13-fight MMA career one month later to Yves Edwards by rear-naked choke at UFC: Fight For The Troops 2.
The bout will be Palaszewski’s first in the UFC having fought seven times for the WEC compiling a 4-3 record while fighting for the now defunct Zuffa-owned promotion. After racking up three wins in a row in the WEC, Palaszewski dropped his final fight for the organization, by razor-close split decision to Kamal Shalorus at WEC 53 in December.
Forced to bow out of TUF because of a knee injury more than a year ago, Ring finally made his UFC debut at UFC 127 against Riki Fukuda in February. The bout, which was the first (not including his TUF exhibitions) for the Cedar Falls, Iowa-born, Calgary, Alberta-raised fighter since his October 2009 first-round armbar submission over Yannick Galipeau at AMMA 1: First Blood.
A relative unknown who has only fought three times in as many years, Head likely garnered an invitation to the big show by UFC matchmaker Joe Silva after defeating former UFC middleweight prospect Gerald Harris at Xtreme Fight Night 2: Harris vs. Head in February. Prior to the win over Harris, Head’s biggest win was against 18-11 Bill Albrecht at Bricktown Brawl 5 in June 2010. His sole loss came against UFC castaway Jesse Forbes at Pro Battle MMA: Live Saturday Night in August 2009.