Lightweights Gabe Ruediger and Paul Taylor will meet on the undercard of Anderson Silva’s Super Bowl Weekend title-defense against Vitor Belfort on February 5 at UFC 126. Though neither may currently be contenders, the bout involves the added drama of each potentially fighting for his right to continue drawing a Zuffa paycheck after recent struggles inside the Octagon.
News of the likely pairing was confirmed by Ruediger on his Twitter page.
“Godzilla” most recently fought Joe Lauzon at UFC 118 this past August and lost via first-round submission after having won six consecutive bouts prior to signing with the organization earlier this year. He is 17-6 overall with twelve tap-outs to his credit.
His opponent, Taylor, is known for his tenacity in the ring and conditioning where maintaining a rapid pace is concerned. Though he is only 3-5 in the UFC, the Brit has won three “Fight of the Night” honors during his run in the promotion and hasn’t been finished in three years. He last fought Sam Stout at UFC 121 and lost by way of split decision.
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