The fight bookings just keep coming in, and these next two bouts are headed for Quebec City, Quebec on April 16th as part of the TUF Nations Finale. Sam Stout meets fellow striker K.J. Noons, while the other lightweight pairing sees Evan Dunham take on Canadian submission specialist Mark Bocek. The UFC confirmed the Stout/Noons fight during their press conference for the 2014 Canadian events schedule, while Dunham/Bocek was announced earlier today:
Stout (20-9-1) beat up Cody McKenzie at UFC on Fox 9 but failed to finish him. "Hands of Stone" has knocked out just one opponent (Yves Edwards in 2011) in his 10 win, 8 year UFC career. Noons (12-7) recorded a decision win over George Sotiropoulos at UFC 166, ending his three-fight losing streak.
Dunham (14-5) went from a highly touted future contender at 155 lbs to middle of the pack. He's just 4-5 in his last 9 and ended his 2013 campaign with a submission loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC 167. Dunham was perhaps a bit unlucky to lose a close decision to Rafael dos Anjos in Brazil, but has otherwise struggled to find consistently good performances in recent times. Bocek (11-5) hasn't fought since November 2012 when he too lost to dos Anjos, although that one was a lopsided beating. He was scheduled to fight Michel Prazeres at UFC 165 before pulling out with an injury.
The TUF Nations Finale is expected to be headlined by Michael Bisping against Tim Kennedy. plus the TUF Nations finalists as well as coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke. This card will air live on Fox Sports 1.
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