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Two Middleweight Bouts Confirmed For UFC Manchester 2013

Luke Barnatt and Bradley Scott get international opposition at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Munoz.

Author: @YourMMA


There have been two middleweight additions to the UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Munoz fight card in Manchester on October 26th, with a pair of UK TUF stars matched up for the event.

Self-proclaimed 'European Gangster' and Team Sonnen standout Luke Barnatt will face American Andrew Craig.

Barnatt (6-0) rose to prominence as Chael Sonnen's first pick on The Ultimate Fighter 17, where his team went up against Jon Jones' team. He'd raced to 5-0 in domestic fights in his first year as a professional, and got the opportunity to enter the Ultimate Fighter house off the back of that.

Victories over Nicholas Kohring and Gilbert Smith saw him progress, and his only career defeat (albeit classed as an exhibition under TUF rules) came in a neck-and-neck three rounder with Dylan Andrews, where he was finished in the third after two exciting stanzas.

Barnatt got his first official UFC victory when he beat castmember Collin Hart via unanimous decision at the finale, back in April.

Craig (9-1) hails from Texas, and has had four fights in the UFC. He stepped in on late notice to face Kyle Noke, and won that fight via decision. Since then, he has gone 2-1, most recently grabbing a career best victory over Chris Leben, rebounding from his first loss to Ronny Markes.

TUF: The Smashes finalist Bradley Scott moves up to the middleweight division, following a stint at 170lbs, to take on Michael Kuiper.

Pre-TUF, Scott had gone 8-1 on UK promotions, picking up a good win over Mok Rahman before being selected for the UK vs. Australia reality show. He defeated Xavier Lucas and Benny Alloway, both via decision, to make the final against Robert Whittaker.

In his official UFC debut, Scott dropped a decision to Whittaker. That was back in December of 2012, and after a layoff he will return up a division, feeling more comfortable filling out his 6'1" frame at 185lbs.

In Kuiper (12-2), he'll face a tough and well rounded adversary, who has good submissions and a lot of power in his striking. The Dutchman is 1-2 with the UFC, losing to Tom Lawlor and Rafael Natal, but he showed his potential by knocking out Jared Hamann a year ago.

Both men have tough fights, and they're matched in a way that should provide plenty of excitement for the UK fans.

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