A lightweight battle is close to being official pitting countryman Paul Taylor against Anthony Njokuani. Both fighters will look to continue their winning ways after coming off recent victories. Taylor defeated Gabe Reudiger this past Feburary at UFC 126, while Njokuani more recently defeated Andre Winner at UFC 132.
Taylor is a longtime but inconsistent UFC veteran. With nine UFC fights to his name, he has never won consecutive fights. While he does have three Fight of the Night bonuses to be proud of, all three came in a losing effort. The Brit recently moved down to lightweight late last year after a nearly twelve month layoff. That debut did not go as planned, as he lost to Sam Stout via split decision. However, Taylor returned in February and easily outmatched Gabe Reudiger, knocking Reudiger out in the second round.
Njokuani brings a similar style and aggressiveness in the striking department. A WEC veteran, Njokuani made his UFC debut in March at UFC 128, losing to exciting prospect Edson Barbosa in a close decision. Njokuani seemingly took that frustration out on Andre Winner at UFC 132, as he devastated Winner for nearly the entire fight. This was Njokuani’s first victory that did not come via a knockout or TKO in over five years. In that time, he won three Knockout of the Night bonuses in a row in 2009. Since that streak, he has seen those fortunes take a turn for the worse, as he is just 2-3 in the fights following that streak.
UFC 138 takes place November 5th in Birmingham, England, and will feature a five round main event pitting middleweights Chris Leben and Mark Munoz together. Also scheduled for the event are Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao and Thiago Alves against newcomer Papy Abedi.
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