“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 semifinalist Brad
Tavares (Pictured; file photo) and Tim Credeur
have reached verbal agreements to meet in a preliminary
middleweight matchup at UFC
137 “St. Pierre vs. Diaz” on Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events
Center in Las Vegas.
UFC officials on Wednesday revealed the proposed bout at 185
Tavares (7-1, 2-1 UFC) tasted defeat for the first time at UFC
132 on July 2, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Aaron
Simpson at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The
23-year-old Hawaiian sports five first-round finishes among his
seven career victories. Wins over the well-traveled Phil Baroni
International Fight League veteran Seth
Baczynski anchor his resume.
A black belt in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Credeur (12-4, 3-2
UFC) finds himself on a two-fight losing streak for the first time
as a professional. He last appeared at
“The Ultimate Fighter 13” Finale in June, when he succumbed to
first-round punches from Ed Herman in
less than a minute at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Spawned
by Season 7 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Credeur’s UFC wins have come
at the expense of Cale
Loughran and Nick Catone.
The 34-year-old Lafayette, La., native has secured all 12 of his
career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.
An anticipated five-round welterweight title bout pairing longtime
St. Pierre with former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz will
headline UFC 137. In addition, former
WEC kingpin Carlos
Condit will lock horns with B.J. Penn --
one of two men to win UFC gold in more than one weight class -- in
a pivotal matchup at 170 pounds.