UFC featherweight Jason Young will be returning home in November and waiting for him across the cage will be 145 stand out Michihiro Omigawa. The two have agreed to meet at UFC 138 in England later this year. Both men are coming off losses and are in desperate need of a victory to stay in the hunt for Jose Aldo‘s strap.
The fight was confirmed on UFC’s official website.
“Shotgun” Young made his UFC debut this past June at UFC 131, giving highly touted featherweight Dustin Poirier all he could handle in a three round decision loss. Despite not getting his hand raised after the bout, many were impressed by Young’s skills and at the age of 25, plenty of observers expect him to improve even more and be around the sport for the foreseeable future. Young’s fight in England this November will mark the eleventh time in thirteen pro fights that he’s compete in his hometown.
With a 12-10 professional record, Omigawa’s record doesn’t really speak for itself. After spending the majority of his career in the lightweight division, Omigawa dropped to 145 and started competing in Japan, where he found success with victories over fighters like Nam Phan, Marlon Sandro, current DREAM featherweight champion Hiroyuki Takaya, and top ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki. However, he’s lost two straight fights though both by unanimous decision, first to Chad Mendes in February, then to Darren Elkins in June. Many spectators, including UFC President Dana White, felt Omigawa defeated Elkins and was robbed by the judges so a win bonus was still paid out.
UFC 138 is scheduled for November 5 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The show will be headlined by the first ever five round non-title fight between middleweights Chris Leben and Mark Munoz. The show will air on tape delay in the US on Spike TV.
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