UFC on Fox 8 (so far) has no fights scheduled at middleweight or above, and this next bout is no different. Lightweight submission specialists Michael Chiesa and Reza Madadi will meet on July 27th at KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. This fight was confirmed yesterday by Fox Sports.
Chiesa (9-0) is a TUF 15 champion from the state of Washington, and last February at UFC 157 he submitted Anton Kuivanen to remain unbeaten in his pro MMA career. He's won his last 6 by submission, including 5 in a row by rear-naked choke.
Madadi (13-3) is coming off a dramatic 3rd round submission win over Michael Johnson at UFC on Fuel 9 in his adopted home country of Sweden. He survived a head kick knockdown in the 1st round and was able to pull off a d'arce choke with just 3:30 left in the fight. His other UFC win came against Yoislandy Izquierdo, also in Sweden, while his lone UFC loss was a controversial decision against Cristiano Marcello in Brazil. Madadi holds wins over Junie Browning, Carlo Prater, and Rich Clementi.