The UFC has announced that “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11
competitor Nick Ring and
“TUF 12” runner-up Michael
Johnson will each return to the Octagon in June.
Ring (Pictured, courtesy Spike) will take part in a middleweight
scrap with UFC newcomer James Head at
131, which takes place June 11 at the Rogers Arena in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Meanwhile, lightweight Johnson
World Extreme Cagefighting import Edward
Faaloloto as part of UFC Live
4, slated for June 26 at Consol Energy Center in
Both fights have been verbally agreed to, according to a Monday
posting on UFC.com.
Ring, 32, was forced out of the “TUF 11” quarterfinals in 2010 due
to a knee injury and made his UFC debut at February’s UFC 127,
earning a controversial unanimous decision over former Deep champion
Fukuda. The Canadian’s record stands at 11-0, including five
submission finishes and two technical knockouts.
Head enters the bout on the heels of his most significant career
victory, a Feb. 25 unanimous decision against recent
UFC exile Gerald
Harris. The lone blemish on the Oklahoman’s 7-1 record came
against another UFC vet, Jesse
Forbes, in August 2009.
Johnson, 24, will look to rebound from his unanimous decision loss
in the “TUF 12” final to Jonathan
Brookins. Prior to the December defeat, the Missouri native had
won four of his last five.
Faaloloto enters the UFC with a professional record of just 2-1.
After a pair of wins under the X-1 banner in his native Hawaii, the
Leben protégé was stopped with second-round strikes by Anthony
Njokuani at WEC 52 last November.