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Aaron Simpson Fights Returning Eric Schafer at UFC 136

Aaron SimpsonAfter successfully making his middleweight debut earlier this month, Eric Schafer will return to the UFC to replace an injured Nick Catone and face Aaron Simpson on short-notice at UFC 136 on October 8 in Houston, Texas, Simpson announced Friday.

Schafer (12-5-2) was released by the UFC for the second time following losses to Ryan Bader and Jason Brilz from 2009 and 2010 before ending a year-and-a-half layoff on Sept. 3 with a submission win in just 1:41 on the regional circuit.

Simpson (9-2) has rebounded from back-to-back losses to Chris Leben and Mark Munoz with unanimous decision wins over Mario Miranda and Brad Tavares in 2011.

UFC 136 is headlined by a pair of title fights, as lightweight champion Frankie Edgar rematches Gray Maynard and featherweight champ Jose Aldo faces Kenny Florian.

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