I had heard rumblings that the UFC was having a hard time finding a willing opponent for UFC Heavyweight fighter Cain Velaquez, who is an up and comer and not far from really being on the radar. The first rumor I heard was he was fighting Antoni Hardonk at UFC 90, but it appears that is not true and that he will fight British Cage Rage Heavyweight Champ Mustafa Al-Turk. This from MMAmania.com:
Hot heavyweight blue chip prospect Cain Velasquez (4-0) will likely return to action against Octagon newcomer Mustafa Al-Turk (6-3) at UFC Fight Night 16: “Fights for the Troops” at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., on December 10.
MMAmania.com recently learned of the possible match up between the future the division and the current Cage Rage British Heavyweight Champion.
Velasquez is an undefeated American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) standout who has won all of his UFC bouts (two), building a reputation as a dangerous opponent who many in the division would prefer to avoid. Brad Morris and Jake O’Brien weren’t so lucky, and the former Arizona State University wrestler stopped them both in the first round.
He is widely regarded as a future champion, a distinction his possible opponent already has locked down.
Al-Turk — who fights out of the famous London Shoot gym in the United Kingdom — reportedly just signed a four-fight contract to fight for the UFC after a successful run in Europe on the Cage Rage circuit. In fact, he has six wins in seven attempts for the promotion and is riding a two-fight win streak.
So far the UFC Fight Night card looks good and features:
Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet
Cain Velasquez vs. Mustafa Al-Turk
Steve Bruno vs. Luke Cummo
Eddie Sanchez vs. Justin McCully
Luigi Fiorvanti vs. Brodie Farber
Corey Hill vs. Dale Hartt
Nate Loughran vs. ?
I look for two to three more fights to be put on the main card.