Long-time journeyman Ivan Menjivar will look to build on his impressive performance at UFC 129 against Charlie Valencia when the UFC stops in Philadelphia on August 6, as the company has announced the well-rounded Canadian competitor and 6-1 grappler Nick Pace have agreed to face off at UFC 133 as part of a preliminary card already featuring a number of solid match-ups including Jorge Rivera throwing down with Alessio Sakara and former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown looking to right his ship against Ultimate Fighter 12 alumnus Nam Phan.
Pace was originally scheduled to take on Michael McDonald at the August 6 event but was left without an opponent after McDonald recently agreed to serve as a late replacement at UFC 130 against Chris Cariaso when Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto went down with an injury. The New Yorker was last seen in the Octagon procuring a rare Pillory Choke this past December against Will Campuzano, the third submission of his young career.
On the opposite end of the experience spectrum, Menjivar has stepped into the cage thirty times with a 22-8 record to show for his efforts including last month’s elbow-based TKO of Valencia. He also holds past wins over Hideo Tokoro, Jeff Curran, and Joe Lauzon.
The bantamweight bout rounds out the UFC 133 card at eleven total bouts including main card collisions such as Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshishiro Akiyama, and Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
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