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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.


  • Seven of his 115 victories eh? Man that’s some experience!

    Good idea, I dont think he should get thrown to the top of the heap too quickly….let him get his octagon jitters out of the way and then we’ll see what he can do once he’s comfortable.

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  • MCM says:

    I thought he would get someone a little higher up the ladder. I remember Tavares from TUF, but can’t recall watching him fight since then. But at 8-1 I guess he’s a good stepping stone into the UFC.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    Brad knocked out Phil Baroni didnt he? dont remember much else since TUF.
    not a great fight for Tom, if Brad is that good a prospect he could make Tom look bad.
    However Kong is a baddass and i will be screaming from the rooftops for him

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