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David Bielkheden says he will make Octagon return at UFC 96

In a recent blog entry on his official website, Swedish fighter David Bielkheden revealed that he will be making his UFC return on March 17 at UFC 96.

The lightweight competitor indicated that he has not yet signed a bout agreement but that he has made a verbal agreement to appear on the show. Bielkheden also indicated that he knows the identity of his opponent but that he wasn’t going to divulge a name until the matchup has been finalized.

Bielkheden, 13-6, made his UFC debut last March at UFC 82 against Diego Sanchez in a welterweight bout. Showing some signs of Octagon jitters, he submitted to punches thrown by Sanchez at 4:43 of round 1. He was able to redeem himself and even his UFC record to 1-1 following a unanimous decision victory over Jess Liaudin at UFC 89 this past October.

A veteran of Japanese-based promotions such as Shooto and PRIDE, Bielkheden has won three out of his last four fights and holds a notable victory over former UFC veteran Charles McCarthy in a bout that took place under the Absolute Fighting Championships banner in 2004.

UFC 96 will take place in Columbus, Ohio and emanate from the Nationwide Arena. Other bouts currently expected for the event include Jim Miller vs. Gray Maynard, Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, and Kendall Grove vs. Jason Day, Dustin Hazelett vs. Ben Saunders, and Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley.