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UFC 165: Clements vs. Thompson, Bocek vs. Prazeres Announced

Kelsey Mowatt

Stephen Thompson

The Ultimate Fighting Championship continues to build the card for it’s next trip to Toronto, Ontario, as two more bouts have been announced for UFC 165.  The event will be hosted by the city’s Air Canada Centre and will take place on September 21st.

The promotion’s Canadian Twitter account has retweeted a report from Sportsnet reporter Joe Ferraro, which relayed that lightweight Mark Bocek will take on Michel Prazeres, and that Chris Clements will battle welterweight Stephen Thompson.

Bocek (11-5) will be looking to get back on track, as the renowned jiu-jitsu practitioner is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 154, after scoring UD wins over Nik Lentz and John Alessio.

Prazeres (16-1), who is moving from welterweight to lightweight,  is coming off a decision loss to welterweight Paulo Thiago at UFC on FX 8. The fight marked his UFC debut.

Thompson (7-1) worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Nah-Shon Burrell in his last outing at UFC 160, after the experienced Karate competitor came up short versus Matt Brown last April, and lost by UD to the vet.

Clements (11-4) hasn’t fought since last July when he was tapped out by Matt Riddle at UFC 149; however, Riddle tested positive for marijuana after the card and the bout was overturned to a no contest. Since then, Clements has been recovering from surgery he had to repair extensive damage to his arm and shoulder.

So, with today’s confirmations, the UFC 165 card now stands at six bouts, including the headliner between light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones and Alexander Gustfasson.

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