Castillo/Sass, Etim/Forte, Young/Tezuka, Harris/Gomez added to Fuel 7
4 more bouts added to the fast filling Fuel 7 in London..
The latest UFC on FUEL TV 7 card now includes:
Interim champ Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald - for interim bantamweight title
Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle
Danny Castillo vs. Paul Sass
Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte
Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka
Ulysses Gomez vs. Phil Harris
Josh Grispi vs. Andy Ogle
"In addition to the headlining interim bantamweight title fight, four more new bouts have been announced for the UFC's February return to England.
The card now will include lightweight fights between Danny Castillo (14-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Paul Sass (13-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Terry Etim (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) vs. Renee Forte (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC); a bantamweight bout between Vaughan Lee (12-8 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Motonubu Tezuka (19-5-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC); and a flyweight fight between Ulysses Gomez (9-03 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Phil Harris (21-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
Promotion officials announced the slew of new fight bookings overnight, and not surprisingly, each fight features a fighter from England.
UFC on FUEL TV 7 takes place Feb. 16 at Wembley Arena in London. The event's main card, including a title fight between interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao and challenger Michael McDonald, airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Sass will be looking for redemption in a big way. In September at UFC on FUEL TV 5 in Nottingham, England, he dropped the first fight of his career after starting 13-0 with 12 submissions. Matt Wiman ruined his perfect run by turning the tables and submitting him with an armbar in the first round. In the UFC, Sass had submitted Mark Holst, Michael Johnson and Jacob Volkmann. Castillo in October had a three-fight streak snapped by Michael Johnson, who knocked him out in the second round at UFC on FX 5, his first loss in more than a year.
Etim, a native of Liverpool, has been sidelined by injuries and will return for the first time in 13 months when he meets Forte. Etim's last fight saw him on the wrong end of one of 2012's biggest highlights, a spinning wheel kick knockout loss to Edson Barboza at UFC 142 in Brazil this past January. That was Etim's second loss in three fights and, like 2010 and 2011, would prove to be his only fight in the calendar year. His lone fight in 2010 was a submission loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 112, and his only outing in 2011 was a submission win over Edward Faaloloto, also in England at UFC 138. Forte, a middleweight cast member on "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil," dropped his official UFC debut in October with a third-round submission setback against fellow house member Sergio Moraes.
Lee had been rumored for a fight against Urijah Faber at UFC 156, but Faber will meet Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157 and now Lee gets Tezuka in England. Lee will return for the first time since a July submission loss to T.J. Dillashaw at UFC on FUEL TV 4 in San Jose, Calif. That loss erased a February submission win over Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto at UFC 144. Tezuka is coming off a loss, as well. He dropped his UFC debut just this past month on the UFC's first card in China when Alex Caceres took a split decision against him, snapping his three-fight win streak.
Gomez, long considered one of the world's top flyweights before the UFC added the 125-pound division earlier this year, looks for some redemption after losing his UFC debut in August when John Moraga knocked him out at UFC on FOX 4. Harris gets to fight in his home country for the first time in the UFC. He made his debut with the promotion in October, but lost by second-round rear-naked choke against Darren Uyenoyama at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis. That loss snapped a five-fight win streak that ultimately got him the call from the UFC."
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