Undefeated heavyweight prospect Philip De
Fries now has an opponent for UFC
138, as he will meet fellow Brit Oli
Thompson at the Nov. 5 event.
Sherdog.com confirmed Thompson’s signing and the matchup with
sources close to the event on Friday. Headlined by a middleweight
confrontation between Chris Leben
Munoz, UFC 138 will emanate from LG Arena in Birmingham,
England. The main draw will air in the United States via same-day
tape delay on Spike TV.
De Fries announced his signing with the UFC earlier today. The
25-year-old has been perfect through his seven-fight career,
submitting all of his opponents through his two years as a pro. De
Fries has made an especially effective weapon of the rear-naked
choke, stopping five of his fallen foes with that maneuver. Only
his most recent opponent has escaped the first round against De
Fries, as the Brit finished Stav
Economou in the second round of their July 2 clash.
Thompson has finished all but one of his career victims, knocking
out three while submitting five. The
ZT Fight Skool export has only tasted defeat twice as a pro and
will ride a five-fight winning streak into his UFC debut. Both of
Thompson’s defeats have come to UFC-caliber fighters, as the
heavyweight was bested by Joe Vedepo
Broughton in 2010, a year in which Thompson fought six times.
Most recently, Thompson submitted Mark Potter
with a rear-naked choke on June 25, finishing his countryman in