Watson and Mitch
Gagnon will lock horns at UFC
152, promotion officials announced Friday.
UFC 152 takes place Sept. 22 at the Air Canada Centre and is
headlined by a flyweight title confrontation between former
bantamweight contenders Joseph
Benavidez and Demetrious
Johnson. The pay-per-view offering will also see Michael
Bisping square off with Brian Stann
in the co-main event, while former two-division champion B.J. Penn locks
horns with once-beaten Canadian prospect Rory
Watson enters the cage coming off back-to-back defeats. After
performing impressively against Joseph
Sandoval in his October Octagon debut, “The Gazelle” suffered a
split-decision loss to WEC vet Yves Jabouin
to close out 2011. Watson then kicked off 2012 with a one-sided
unanimous decision defeat to “Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 finalist
Dillashaw, who continually put Watson on his back and punished
him with ground-and-pound at UFC on Fuel TV 1.
Gagnon started strong in his first UFC appearance two weeks ago at
UFC 149 but was ultimately outlasted by veteran grappler Bryan
Caraway, who submitted the Canadian prospect with a rear-naked
choke in round three. Prior to the loss, Gagnon, 27, had won six
consecutive fights dating back to May 2009.