The UFC has signed light heavyweight Tom Blackledge, welterweight Kurt Warburton, and heavyweight Rob Broughton from the UK’s Wolfslair MMA Academy, which also includes current UFC fighters Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Michael Bisping, and Cheick Kongo.
According to Fighters Only, all three fighters signed four-fight deals and are expected to make their UFC debuts later this year, while two more Wolfslair fighters are set to appear on upcoming seasons of The Ultimate Fighter.
A jiu jitsu black belt, Blackledge (9-6) appeared as an assistant coach with “Rampage” on The Ultimate Fighter 10 and is coming off back-to-back first-round stoppages in 2009 in M-1 Challenge.
Broughton (14-5-1), also an M-1 Challenge veteran, is coming off winning an eight-man heavyweight tournament in January with a submission of Neil Wain, KO of James Thompson, and unanimous decision over Oli Thompson in the finals.
Warburton (7-2-1) earned a unanimous decision over Thomas Maguire in October in his most-recent bout and has gone 1-1-1 in three matchups against TUF 9 lightweight winner Ross Pearson.