UFC Continues Matchmaking Madness

Chris Weidman. Photo courtesy of Ring of Combat.

The UFC has continued a week of non-stop matchmaking, announcing three additional fights for future events on Saturday, including an intriguing middleweight clash between heralded prospect Chris Weidman and slick "TUF" alumnus Tom Lawlor.

The Weidman-Lawlor bout will take place at UFC 138, the organization's first foray into San Jose, the former home base of Strikeforce, on November 19. 

Other fights announced over the weekend include Evan Dunham's return to action against recent "Ultimate Fighter" season thirteen competitor Shamar Bailey at UFC Fight Night 25 on September 17 and Johnny Eduardo's UFC debut as he replaces Darren Uyenoyama against Rafael Assuncao at UFC 134 in Brazil on August 27.

Weidman, arguably considered the sport's top prospect at 185 lbs, has been victorious in his first two UFC fights, earning a unanimous decision over Alessio Sakara and submitting Jesse Bongfeldt. His opponent, Lawlor, has not fought since out-grappling Patrick Cote en route to a three-round decision win last October.

Dunham likely faces his potential release from the UFC if he fails to defeat Bailey. The 30-year-old Xtreme Couture member has fallen to Melvin Guillard and Sean Sherk in consecutive fights after rattling off four straight wins to start his UFC career. Bailey was successful in his UFC debut in December, going the distance in defeating Ryan McGillivray.

Eduardo, a longtime veteran of the sport, enters his UFC debut on an eleven-fight win streak. Assuncao has dropped three of his last four bouts under the Zuffa banner, with his lone win coming against L.C. Davis last November.


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