A light heavyweight fight between Ryan Bader and Vladimir Matyushenko has been verbally agreed to and is expected to take place at UFC on FOX 6, the UFC announced on Monday.
Bader (14-3), the Season 8 winner of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, was last seen at UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles, where he was knocked out by Lyoto Machida in the second round of their bout. Prior to that, Bader won two consecutive fights — a knockout of Jason Brilz at UFC 139 in November 2011, and a unanimous decision over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 144 in February.
Matyushenko’s (26-6) last outing, much like Bader’s, was at the losing end with a knockout. At UFC 141 in December 2011, “The Janitor” fell to the highly-touted Alexander Gustafsson in the first round, but came into the fight a winner of two straight.
Both Bader and Matyushenko share losses to current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
In addition to the light heavyweights, the UFC announced that verbal agreements are in for a welterweight match-up between David Mitchell and Simeon Thoresen.
UFC on FOX 6 is headlined by Demetrious Johnson defending his flyweight title against Ultimate Fighter 14 winner John Dodson, and will take place at the United Center.
The UFC on FOX 6 fights scheduled to date are as follows:
- Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira
- Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
- Clay Guida vs. Hatsu Hioki
- Mike Russow vs. Shawn Jordan
- Mike Stumpf vs. Pascal Krauss
- TJ Grant vs. Matt Wiman
- Erik Koch vs. Ricardo Lamas
- Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Ryan Bader
- David Mitchell vs. Simeon Thoresen
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