The UFC has added an undercard fight to UFC 81: Breaking Point pitting “The Ultimate Fighter 5” castmember Rob Emerson against Keita Nakamura.
Emerson (6-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) entered the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter with a wealth of professional experience but was unable to win either of his first round fights against Corey Hill or eventual winner Nate Diaz. He returned on the live finale of the show to face Gray Maynard. The fight, Emerson’s first in the UFC, ended in a no contest as he tapped as the result of a brutal slam while Maynard was knocked unconscious in the attempt.
Namakura (13-2-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) entered the UFC with high expectations having an undefeated MMA record. In his first two showings, however, he has been unimpressive losing unanimous decisions to Brock Larson at UFC Fight Night 7 and Drew Fickett at UFC Fight Night 9.
UFC 81 takes place February 2nd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will air on pay-per-view. The event features the UFC debut of professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar who faces former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. Another former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Tim Sylvia, will go toe-to-toe with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the interim heavyweight title.