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British star Tom Watson inked to UFC bout with Brad Tavares in Nottingham

BAMMA middleweight champ Tom Watson is headed to the UFC after earning a reputation as one of the brightest stars from across the pond.

Watson racked up a 15-4 record in his career, competing in England for the majority of his run in the ring. Back in 2010, he defeated Matt Horwich for the BAMMA title and has defended it three times since including stoppage victories over Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Jack Marshman.

While living in England, the 29-year-old has called Greg Jackson’s gym in New Mexico his training home since joining the team. Seven of his 115 victories have come by form of knockout, while two of his four defeats were submission losses.

Watson’s BAMMA contract expired earlier this year, and he has been working to secure a deal since. “Kong” is set to compete at UFC on Fuel 5 this September 29 in Nottingham, England, facing Brad Tavares at the event.

Tavares holds an overall mark of 8-1, going 3-1 in his four fights since a stint on TUF including a recent victory over Dongi Yang.

PHOTO CREDIT – BAMMA/UFC