UFC officials Thursday announced a pair of new matchups for
UFC on FX 4.
Pearson will make his sophomore featherweight appearance
against Cub Swanson,
Nijem will welcome unbeaten lightweight newcomer C.J. Keith on
June 22 in Atlantic City, N.J.
A venue has not yet been determined for the event, which is
headlined by a five-round lightweight affair between Clay Guida and
Maynard and airs live on FX. The evening’s undercard will be
broadcast on Fuel TV immediately prior to the FX offering.
The lightweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9, Pearson
(Pictured) cut to featherweight last year after losing to Cole Miller
Barboza in a three-fight span. The Brit made his first
appearance at 145 pounds on Dec. 30, notching a unanimous decision
over the unorthodox Junior
Assuncao at UFC 141. Known for his tight boxing skills, Pearson
has won “Fight of the Night” honors twice since he joined the UFC
Swanson, meanwhile, has split his last six bouts. An eight-time
World Extreme Cagefighting veteran, the 28-year-old rebounded from
a submission defeat to Ricardo
Lamas in his November UFC debut, blasting George Roop
en route to a second-round technical knockout victory at January’s
UFC on Fox 2. The California native owns notable career victories
Takaya and Charlie
Valencia and has been knocked out just once as a
An alumnus of “TUF 13,” Nijem, 23, suffered a setback at the
season’s live finale on June 4, falling by knockout to Tony
Ferguson in their welterweight finale. Nijem rebounded from the
defeat, however, cutting to lightweight and dominating Daniel
Downes this past October at UFC 137.
Two years older than his foe, Keith has fought the entirety of his
career in the Gladiator Challenge and The Warriors Cage promotions,
earning over half of his victories by either knockout or
submission. The undefeated lightweight last competed on Oct. 26,
knocking out John Reedy in
less than two minutes at TWC 12.