Two highly-exciting bantamweights will battle it out in Birmingham, England come November 5 and the UFC’s return to the UK, as a bout between Brad Pickett and Renan “Barao” Pegado was confirmed through the organization’s website.
Pickett and Pegado are both well-rounded competitors with a high rate of finishing their opponents including a total of 33 stoppages in 46 combined wins. Both 135ers have also been on a tear as of late with Pickett winning ten of his last eleven fights and “Barao” bringing home an incredible twenty-six straight since losing in his professional debut!
The 20-5 Pickett came to fans’ attention during a run in WEC where he defeated Ivan Menjivar and current top contender Demetrious Johnson. However, the 32-year old Londoner hasn’t made his UFC debut yet after watching a shot at Miguel Torres earlier this year laid to waste due to injury.
“Barao” also notched a few wins under WEC’s banner and made a successful UFC debut in May at UFC 130 against Cole Escovedo. Twelve of his total victories have been the result of a tap-out with six others relating to strikes.
UFC 138 is headlined by fan-favorite Chris Leben brawling it out with accomplished grappler Mark Munoz who himself possesses knockout power as well. Other match-ups scheduled for the show include Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi, Anthony Njokuani vs. Paul Taylor, and Michihiro Omigawa vs. Jason Young.
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