(fighting out of Kenora, Ontario, Canada/15-4) is set to make his debut after putting together an impressive professional fighting resume. With seven straight wins and victories over UFC veterans TJ Grant and Sean Pierson, Bongfeldt is set to make the jump to the UFC in the middleweight division. Never having been to a decision (nine submission wins, six knockout wins), he will debut against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rafael Natal (fighting out of New York, NY/12-3). A student of the legendary Renzo Gracie, “Sapo” holds seven wins by submission and three by knockout, and will look to pick up his first UFC win against Bongfeldt.
With all six of his professional fights coming in the UFC, Matthew Riddle (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada/5-1) continues to gain valuable experience in the Octagon. A veteran of The Ultimate Fighter Season 7, Riddle looks to pick up his third straight win against UFC newcomer Sean Pierson (fighting out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada/10-4). The welterweight has put together five straight first-round victories by finishing fights with kicks and punches, and is set to make the jump to the UFC.
Known for his world class experience, Joe Doerksen (fighting out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/46-13) is set to compete in his 60th professional MMA bout. “El Dirte” holds victories over names like Tom Lawlor and Patrick Cote in the UFC, and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is always a threat to score a submission. Fighting opposite of Doerksen will be Dan Miller (fighting out of Whippany, NJ/12-4, 1 NC). As Jim Miller’s older brother, Dan looks to set the stage for his brother in this fight. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt himself, Miller has recorded three of his four UFC victories via submission.
As a very well-rounded fighter, TJ Grant (fighting out of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada/16-4) is dangerous in any aspect of his game. Not only has Grant recorded 12 of his wins via submission, but he also has a Knockout of the Night award to his name. Grant will face another world-class grappler in Ricardo Almeida (fighting out of Hamilton, NJ/12-4). “Big Dog” is a third-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie and has submitted Nate Marquardt and Matt Brown in his career. Against Grant, Almeida hopes to pick up his second win in the UFC welterweight division.
Looking to score his first UFC win on December 11th, Pat Audinwood (fighting out of Big Flats, NY/9-1-1) will take on John Makdessi (fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada/7-0), who is making his UFC debut. “The Bull” is undefeated in seven fights, having won six of his fights via knockout, and he is ready to make an immediate impact during his first trip into the Octagon.