The Mile High City will get a double dose of lighter weight action as the UFC announced two new bouts for the UFC 135 fight card on September 24 in Denver, Colorado.
Verbal agreements are in for a featherweight bout between Manny Gamburyan (11-6) and Diego Nunes (16-2), as well a bantamweight bout between Cole Escovedo (17-7) and Takeya Mizugaki (14-6-2).
Gamburyan last fought at UFC on Versus 4, dropping a decision to Tyson Griffin. The former title challenger will look to return to the form that saw him defeat former champion Mike Brown and fellow contender Leonard Garcia. Nunes is coming off a hard fought decision loss to Kenny Florian at UFC 131. Prior to the Florian fight, Nunes had defeated Raphael Assuncao, Tyler Toner, and Brown in WEC action.
Escovedo made his promotional debut at UFC 130, falling to Renan Barao by decision. Escovedo overcame a near fatal bout with staph infection in 2007, and has compiled a 6-3 record in his return. Mizugaki sports a 3-4 record in combined WEC and UFC action. His last Octagon appearance resulted in a decision loss to former champion Brian Bowles. Mizugaki made his UFC debut at UFC on Versus 3, defeating Reuben Duran by split decision.
UFC 135 will be headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, as well as a welterweight battle between Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez.
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Pictured: Manny Gamburyan