Two new bouts have been added to impending UFC events, with a featherweight tilt between Leonard Garcia and Matt Grice added to UFC on FX 3 and a lightweight fight featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov and Gleison Tibau set for UFC 148.
First, the featherweights. Fan-favorite brawler Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia (15-8-1) and Matt “The Real One” Grice (14-4) could be fighting for their jobs at UFC on FX 3.
Courtesy his wide-open and reckless style, Garcia has earned a ton of fans, but he also finds himself on a two-fight losing streak. Having been beaten by Nam Phan via unanimous decision in a rematch of their controversial first meeting and submitted by Chan Sung Jung with a highlight-reel twister, the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts rep needs a win in a bad way to prove that he can be both entertaining and victorious. Grice returned to the UFC this past June for the first time since putting together a 1-3 run in the promotion between 2007 and 2009. In his re-debut, the 30-year-old was defeated by Ricardo Lamas via first-round TKO.
UFC on FX 3 is scheduled to take place on June 8 at an as-yet-undetermined venue.
The second match up announcement will see lightweights Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov (17-0) and Gleison Tibau (25-7) tangle at UFC 148.
Undefeated Russian prospect Nurmagomedov recently made his UFC debut a successful one, submitting Kamal Shalorus in the third round of their UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller meeting in January. The 23-year-old fighter owns seven victories by submission, six by KO or TKO and four by decision; Nurmagomedov hasn’t fought to a decision since 2010. A presence in the UFC’s lightweight division since 2007 (Tibau’s first UFC bout was a welterweight contest against Nick Diaz), Tibau has managed to string together three straight victories of late. The 28-year-old Brazilian bounced back from a loss to Jim Miller by taking a split decision over Kurt Pellegrino, before going on to submit Rafaello Oliveira and earn another split decision over Rafael dos Anjos.
UFC 148 will take place on July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.