Fox Sports Australia has announced two flyweight bouts have been added to the UFC 193 card as Richie Vaculik will take on Danny Martinez and Ben Nguyen faces Ryan Benoit.
UFC 193 will be held on November 15, 2015 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The event is scheduled to be headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight between Champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Holly Holm. The event will be the first that the promotion has held in Melbourne. It will also be the third stadium venue to host a UFC event after UFC 129 and UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson, which took place at the Rogers Centre in Canada and Tele2 Arena in Sweden, respectively.
Vaculik (10-3 MMA) has gone 1-2 in the UFC since making his debut. Losing his UFC debut to Justin Scoggins via TKO, Vaculik rebounded nicely in his second fight defeating Roldan Sangcha-an in Auckland back in June 2014. In his most recent bout, Vaculik was brutally knocked out by a stunning side kick at the hands of Louis Smolka in Sydney late last year.
Martinez (16-7 MMA) has not once been succesful in the UFC going 0-3 during his time with the promotion. Losing his debut via unanimous decision to former title challenger Chris Cariaso, Martinez would earn ‘Fight of the Night’ honours in another unanimous decision loss to Scott Jorgenson. In his most recent bout, Martinez moved up to bantamweight however was unsuccesful, losing a unanimous decision to Sirwan Kakai in June. Martinez needs a win if his dreams of fighting for the UFC are to still be a reality.
Nguyen (13-5 MMA) became an internet sensation last year as footage of his spectacular knockout of Julz Rabaud went vireal on the internet (watch video below). Nguyen made his UFC debut earlier this year and it was a successful one, earning a KO victory over Alptekin Ozkilic at UFC Fight Night 65.
Benoit (8-3 MMA) lost his UFC debut at the TUF 18 finale to Josh Sampo via rear-naked choke. Sampo would miss weight for the fight, earning Benoit 20% of his purse. The fight also earned ‘Fight of the Night’ honours earning Benoit an extra $50K. In his most recent bout, Benoit derailed the Sergio Pettis hype train. After a first round in which Pettis seemed to have the upper hand, Benoit dropped Pettis with a left hook and finished him off with a flurry of ground and pound in the second round. Benoit received criticism from fans for kicking Pettis after the referee had separated the two fighters. Benoit immediately apologized to Pettis’ team and to fans, claiming he had let his emotions get the better of him. Dana White later stated in the UFC 185 post fight press conference that the UFC wouldn’t take any disciplinary actions towards Benoit, due to his immediate regret shown towards Pettis’ team and to fans.
With these two fight additions, UFC 193 now looks like this
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Holly Holm
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker
Jake Matthews vs. Akbarh Arreola
Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta
Gian Villante vs. Anthony Perosh
Daniel Kelly vs. Ricardo Abreu
Richard Walsh vs. Steve Kennedy
Brendan O’Reilly vs. William Macario
Stefan Struve vs. Jared Rosholt
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