Light heavyweights Razak Al-Hassan and Kyle Kingsbury have agreed to face one another at UFC 104 in October at the Staples Center in L.A. Both fighters will be looking to rebound after suffering defeat in their last outings, or potentially face being cut by the UFC. The formal contracts for Al-Hassan vs. Kingsbury have yet to be signed, but should be soon, according to MMAWeekly who first reported the match up.
Al-Hassan was last in action at “UFC Fight for the Troops” where he suffered defeat at the hands of Steve Cantwell. In the bout Cantwell locked in a tight arm bar that he used to eventually hyper-extend Al-Hassan’s elbow, since he would not tap. The resulting injury kept Al-Hassan out of action until he was cleared by doctors to resume training, which took place recently.
Kingsbury appeared on season eight of “The Ultimate Fighter” where he was defeated by eventual winner Ryan Bader. He was then brought back as a replacement for an injured fighter, only to be defeated Krzysztof Soszynski. Despite the two losses Kingsbury on “The Ultimate Fighter” Kingsbury made his official UFC debut at “The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale” where he was out wrestled by fellow “The ultimate Fighter” cast mate Tom Lawlor.
Also rumored for UFC 104 is Lyoto Machida’s first light heavyweight title defense against challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.