Three new fights were added to the UFC 150 card today, Nik Lentz (21-5-2) will take on Japan’s Eiji Mitsuoka (18-8-2), TUF finalist Dennis Bermudez (8-3) will face Tom Hayden (8-1) and Michael Kuiper (11-1) will match up against Jared Hamman (13-4).
UFC officials confirmed the bouts today, the fights are likely to be part of the preliminary card which is expected to air on FX and Facebook. The main card will air on PPV and will be headlined by a lightweight title match between current champ Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar.
UFC 150 will take place on August 11th at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
This really is a must win fight for Nik Lentz who is coming off consecutive losses against Mark Bocek and Evan Dunham. Nik will now make the drop to featherweight where he will hope to find success.
Mitsuoka had his UFC debut in February at UFC 144 in Japan, he faced Takanori Gomi and lost via TKO in the second round. Prior to that loss Eiji had picked up consecutive wins over Jung Gyeong Lee and Bruno Carvalho. A veteran of the regional circuit in Japan, Misuoka will now look to bounce back from his loss over Gomi with a big win in July.
Dennis Bermudez will enter this fight coming off a decisive victory over Pablo Garza at UFC on Fox 3 in May. The 25-year-old showcased some powerful slams earning himself a unanimous decision. Bermudez now has the opportunity to impress again and send a message to the featherweight division.
Tom Hayden began his MMA career undefeated with a record of 8-0, drawing the interest of the UFC and he made his debut for the organization earlier this year at a UFC on FX event. Hayden suffered his first ever defeat at the hands of Fabrício Camões who submitted Hayden in the first round with a rear naked choke. Hayden now has the chance to erase this loss and get himself back into the win column.
Jared Hamman has been unable to gain momentum since joining the UFC. He has a promotional record of (2-3) but has been unable to string together consecutive victories. He lost his last fight against Constantinos Philippou via first round TKO at UFC 140 in December. Hamman is undoubtedly an exciting fighter having picked up “Fight of the Night” honors on two occasions but a big win is now needed in order to move up the ladder.
Dutch fighter Michael Kuiper joined the UFC earlier this year taking on Rafael Natal at UFC 143 in his debut, unfortunately he lost the fight via unanimous decision. Prior to joining the Ultimate Fighting Championships Kuiper had stacked up an eleven-fight winning streak competing on the European MMA circuit.
The UFC 150 fight currently looks as follows:
– Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (LW title)
– Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares
– Luiz Cane vs. Yushin Okami
– Ed Herman vs. Jake Shields
– Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Nik Lentz
– Dennis Bermudez vs. Tom Hayden
– Jared Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper
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