It will be two Americans facing off in Sydney, Australia, as Missouri native, Jake Hecht, will meet Texas-born submission ace, T.J. Waldburger, in a welterweight match-up at UFC on FX 2 on March 3rd. Hecht announced the booking on his Twitter account today:
Just confirmed my next fight for march 3 in sydney, australia vs tj waldburger. Back on the diet and hard training after the new year.
Trained by longtime Matt Hughes associate, Marc Fiore, Hecht made his UFC debut on short notice, taking on Rich Attonito at UFC 140 last month. Hecht impressed by taking out Attonito via TKO in the second round after landing some thudding elbows to the temple. That marked Hecht's fourth straight victory. Waldburger, on the other hand, prefers to make his opponents tap, rather than slugging it out, and the Grapplers Lair product is quite good at it, with 11 submissions in 14 career victories. Waldburger set a new UFC record for most submission attempts in his debut, a decision win over David Mitchell, and most recently, he put his BJJ to good use once again, slickly transitioning from an armbar to a triangle choke to get the tap from Mike Stumpf at UFN 25 in New Orleans.
T.J. Waldburger (14-6)
W Mike Stumpf (submission) - UFN 25
L Johny Hendricks (TKO) - UFN 24
W David Mitchell (unam. decision) - UFN 22
Jake "Hitman" Hecht (11-2)
W Rich Attonito (TKO) - UFC 140
W Michele Verginelli (unam. decision) - CWFC Fight Night 1
W Craig White (submission) - CWFC 42