Quinn Mulhern has elected to leave the welterweight division in an effort to get back on the winning track, as the talented grappler will reportedly fight lightweight Ryan Couture at UFC 164.
News of the bout, which will take place August 31st in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is being reported by MMA Junkie.com. Mulhern also confirmed the news via Twitter, and noted that it’s “exciting sh-t.”
Mulhern (18-3) is coming off a stoppage loss to Rick Story at UFC 158 in March, which marked his Octagon debut. Prior to the defeat the BJJ brown belt had won three straight fights while competing for Strikeforce, which included a split decision win over Yuri Villefort. The last man to defeat Mulhern before Story was UFC vet Jason High, who defeated him by unanimous decision in June, 2011. The 28 year-old is 8-2 in his last ten fights.
Couture (6-2) will also be looking to get back on track, as he was stopped by Ross Pearson in his first Octagon bout, which took place at UFC on FUEL TV 9 in April. The 30 year-old lightweight, who is the son of MMA legend Randy Couture, had won four straight bouts with Strikeforce prior to the loss. During that run Couture scored a split decision win over KJ Noons.
Pretty important fight for both men, as no one wants to start out with the UFC having gone 0-2.
UFC 164 will be headlined by a lightweight bout between champion Benson Henderson and challenger TJ Grant.
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