The fight bookings for the UFC's return to England in November are coming fast and furious with most of the promotion's British fighters being locked up for bouts on the card. Two more match-ups were reported this morning with Fighters Only getting word of Michihiro Omigawa and Jason Young agreeing to a featherweight contest, and Jay Furness at YourMMA.tv reporting a welterweight bout between Mark Scanlon and James Head.
Omigawa last saw action in Vancouver at UFC 131 where he loss a very controversial decision to Darren Elkins, despite Omigawa seemingly controlling the action and doing more damage over the course of three rounds. Jason Young, meanwhile, fought on the same card on short notice against Dustin Poirier, and put up a competitive fight despite dropping a decision. As a result the Brit has been rewarded with a full training camp and fight in front of his hometown British fans.
Scanlon vs. Head should prove to be a grappling battle, as Scanlon boasts five submission victories via a variety of chokes, armbars and leglocks, and holds a purple belt in Luta Livre under Marcelo Brigadeiro, who teaches the grappling art at Team Kaobon in Liverpool. Head, on the other hand, is a practitioner of more traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and holds a purple belt himself, under BJJ phenom Rafael Lovato. Head will also be dropping down to 170 lbs for this fight after making his UFC debut at middleweight in a loss to Nick Ring.
Here's how the UFC 138 card is currently stacking up:
-Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz
-Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi
-Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao
-Anthony Njokuani vs. Paul Taylor
-Terry Etim vs. Edward Faaloloto
-Michihiro Omigawa vs. Jason Young
-Mark Scanlon vs. James Head
-John Hathaway vs. TBA