The UFC 138 fight card has its first official bout as middleweights Chris Weidman and Tom Lawlor have agreed to meet at the company’s first show in San Jose, California on November 19. The matchup was announced late Saturday night via Twitter.
Weidman (6-0) is a former NCAA All-American wrestler who is undefeated in two Octagon appearances. A disciple of Matt Serra and Ray Longo, Weidman defeated Alessio Sakara by unanimous decision at UFC on Versus 3 and followed that up with a guillotine submission of Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131.
Lawlor (7-3, 1 NC) is a veteran of the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and has gone 3-2 in the Octagon with wins over Kyle Kingsbury, C.B. Dollaway, and former title challenger Patrick Cote. Lawlor was originally set to face Maiquel Falcao at UFC 134, but Falcao’s release forced the UFC to move Lawlor to the UFC on Versus 5 card against Kyle Noke. An injury forced Lawlor out of the Noke fight, thus setting up his showdown with Weidman.
UFC 138 is rumored to be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
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