Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has locked up verbal commitments from both Dustin Pague and Jared Papazian for their upcoming bantamweight battle at the UFC on FX 3 event planned for June 8, 2012 at a time and place to be determined.
The mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion yesterday confirmed the bout and the date; however, the location is still unknown because it will be decided by fan votes in the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown contest.
Pague (10-5) earned a spot on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 with a majority decision win over Tateki Matsuda. As a member of "Team Mayhem," Pags went on to submit Louis Gaudinot via rear-naked choke to earn a semifinal bout opposite T.J. Dillashaw, but came up short en route to a lopsided unanimous decision loss.
"The Disciple" was invited back to face off against fellow contestant John Albert at last December's TUF 14 Live Finale, but "The Prince" finished him off in the first round via technical knockout.
Papazian (14-7) made his Octagon debut earlier this year, falling to Mike Easton in a closely contested majority decision loss. The defeat to "The Hulk" snapped a three-fight winning streak he compiled in King of the Cage (KOTC) and "The Jackhammer" will no doubt be looking for revenge later this year.
Either of these two 135-pounders on the chopping block with a loss?
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates to this still-developing fight card.