Another weekend is here, bringing us another batch of fights confirmed by the UFC for future events. You know the drill. This weekend, a total of five fights have been announced, two for UFC 135 in September and three for October 29th’s UFC 137.
Yesterday the UFC announced the addition of a featherweight bout between Manny Gamburyan and Diego Nunes to the prelims of UFC 135. Expect Manny Gamburyan to be fighting with an extra sense of urgency in this one. The TUF 5 runner-up has lost two straight fights in Zuffa, most recently dropping a unanimous decision to Tyson Griffin at UFC Live on Versus 4: Kongo vs. Barry. Three straight losses would more than likely grant Gamburyan his walking papers. Likewise, Diego Nunes was last seen at UFC 131, where he lost to Kenny Florian via unanimous decision in Florian’s featherweight debut.
A bantamweight fight between Cole Escovedo and Takeya Mizugaki has also been added to UFC 135. Escovedo was last seen at UFC 130 in May, where he lost by unanimous decision to the impossibly long named Renan do Nascimento Mota Pegado, aka Renan Barao. “The Apache Kid” is 1-3 in his last four fights and needs to build some momentum if he wants to stick around in the UFC. Likewise, since his Fight of the Year worthy performance against Miguel Torres, Takeya Mizugaki has gone 3-3 in Zuffa, most recently dropping a unanimous decision to Brian Bowles at UFC 132.
As for UFC 137, the UFC announced the adition of three fights to the card yesterday. Perhaps the most intriguing of the trio is a featherweight clash between the aforementioned Tyson Griffin and Bart Palaszewski. The fight will be Palaszewski’s UFC debut after going 4-3 in the WEC, including a split decision victory over Anthony Pettis. By the way, this also marks Bart Palaszewski’s 50th professional fight.
A middleweight clash between TUF alums Tim Credeur and Brad Tavares has also been announced for this card. The pressure is definitely on Tim Credeur here. The TUF 7 alumnus started his UFC career with three straight victories. He then lost a memorable slugfest with Nate Quarry, took two years off to recover from various injuries (including a cancer scare), and recently lost a 48 second TKO to Ed Herman at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. Tavares, himself an alumnus of TUF 11, is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Aaron Simpson at UFC 132.
There’s also the addition of a lightweight fight between Danny Downes and Ramsey Nijem. Both men were last seen in losing efforts at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. “Danny Boy” was absolutely dominated by Jeremy Stephens, while Ramsey Nijem lost the TUF 13 championship to Tony Ferguson. So there’s that too, I guess.
UFC 135, taking place on September 24th in Denver, Colorado, will be headlined by a lightheavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez are also scheduled to meet at this event. UFC 137 will go down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center is Las Vegas, Nevado on October 29th. It will be headlined by the welterweight superfight between Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz.
See also: UFC Booking Roundup: UFC 136 & 137 Edition.