Fight announcements have been pouring in lately, and a lot have been for the lighter weight classes. A few days ago, yet another exciting matchup was announced, this one for the bantamweight division. The Score has the story, via UFC Canada's tweet from August 3rd:
UFC Canada’s Twitter account today confirmed that Walel Watson will fight Canadian Mitch Gagnon on September 22 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Walel Watson is a lanky bantamweight, standing 5'11" and he knows how to use this to his advantage. He fights tall, utilizing kicks and long punches to do damage to opponents. He also uses his long limbs to set up submissions, which account for seven of his nine wins, the other two coming by way of (T)KO. In his first fight with the UFC, he stopped Joseph Sandoval just over a minute into their bout, but since then he has lost two fights in a row; a split decision to Yves Jabouin and a unanimous decision to T.J. Dillashaw. He will be looking for a very impressive performance against Gagnon.
Mitch Gagnon is a Canadian bantamweight with a professional record of 8-2. Every single one of his eight wins has come by way of submission, all but one in the first round. He is a rather short bantamweight, but he has a very stocky and muscular build. He tends to come on very strong at the beginning but he fades noticeably as the fight drags on, as he did in his two losses. That said, as he loses energy, he still pushes himself very hard and will attack if he sees an opening. His UFC debut last month didn't go too well for him, and he will want to leave a good impression on the UFC brass with a big win here.
UFC 152 takes place on September 22nd at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is set to be headlined by a fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson for the vacant flyweight title.