Cholish (left) will make his Octagon debut at UFC 140. | Photo:
A pair of promising prospects will make their Octagon debuts at
140, as onetime Strikeforce competitor John
Cholish is set to collide with the undefeated Mitch
Clarke at the Dec. 10 event. Sherdog.com learned of the matchup
from a source close to the bout on Friday.
The lightweight clash will go down at the Air Canada Center in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, marking the promotion's second trip to
the Canadian province in 2011. The promotion has yet to officially
announce any bouts for the show.
After losing the first fight of his pro career in 2007, Cholish has
been perfect, rattling off seven consecutive victories. The former
Cornell University wrestler made waves this February when he pulled
off a slick rolling kneebar against “Utlimate Fighter” alum
Stevens at Strikeforce “Fedor vs. Silva.” Most recently, the
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu representative submitted WEC veteran Jameel
Massouh with a guillotine choke on June 10.
Clarke has yet to taste defeat in nine pro outings. The Canadian
has previously fought for both King of the Cage and The Fight Club
and has only seen a judges' decision twice since beginning his
career in 2007. Hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada,
Clarke owns six of his nine career victories by submission.