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UFC Booking Round-Up: Cody McKenzie vs. Bart Palaszewski Slated for UFC 130 and Nick Ring vs. James Head Added to UFC 131

(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.

The Ultimate Fighter 12 contestant Cody McKenzie (12-1) and IFL and WEC Bart Palaszewski (35-14) will square off UFC 130 May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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.

Another bout that was revealed today was a UFC 131 middleweight tilt between undefeated TUF 11 contestant Nick Ring (11-0) and UFC newcomer James Head (7-1) set for the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC.

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.

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DangadaDang- April 12, 2011 at 9:33 am
Lets go Mackenzie, time to train at a real camp so your standup looks less like a drunken goat
italia furia- April 12, 2011 at 8:14 am

Thilly Gooth
ReX13- April 12, 2011 at 5:35 am
fbf >> i bet they could charge people to watch. We all know MMA viewers are a bunch of skinhead homosexuals.
fatbellyfrank- April 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm
ReX13 Says:
Mon, 04/11/11 - 12:31
This just in: Joe Silva gives Nick Ring Head at UFC 131.
Rex, do you think they'll film it?
fatbellyfrank- April 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm
Yea damm you Rex, all the good ones have been taken, Ring , head, cock, gimme, cage,Ring gets Head, already done damm theres got to be another funny in there somewhere
irisaaaa- April 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm
high quality? reasonable price?
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dranokills- April 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm
damn it, ya'll BEAT me to it.
I was gonna CUM up with something good.
now you have made it HARD.

back to playing my music......anyone like that old tune by prince called "darling Nicky"?
ghostboner- April 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Look at that face Ring is pulling. I think the caption should have been "Yooo Hooooo! Over here Mr. ginger! I need 'Head' in the octagon immediately!"
lrgfsh- April 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm
I like Nick Ring but James Head is going to whoop that ass.
Fried Taco- April 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm
I still don't get it.
italia furia- April 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm
In reference to James Head, Ring: "I'll tap that"
italia furia- April 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

DARKHORSE06- April 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm
Jethuth Crith! Nick Ring you thexthy bitch! Cant wait to see him get some Head.
ReX13- April 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Yeah, ok, so it was too easy. That's never stopped me before. On or offline, if you can dig it.
RwilsonR- April 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Pun intended.
RwilsonR- April 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Thanks Rex. They couldn't put Nick Ring together with a guy named Head and expect us not to try picking at the low hanging comedy fruit.
ReX13- April 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm
What's everyone snickering about?
Spicymeatball- April 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Titooooooooooo how am I thupposed to give Head when my ligamenths are thooper loooooth?
closedminded- April 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm
@Rex13 That'th ridiculouth.
ReX13- April 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm
This just in: Joe Silva gives Nick Ring Head at UFC 131.