Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
Bantamweights will share the Octagon in Montreal as Canada's own Mitch Gagnon has verbally agreed to take on Japan's Issei Tamura at UFC 158: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" on March 16, 2013.
Canada's own Mitch Gagnon will compete on home turf for the third time in a row when he takes on Issei Tamura in a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight bout at UFC 158: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" on March 16 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The match up will likely air on the UFC 158 preliminary card, which is expected to be broadcast on FX and Facebook, with the main card airing on pay-per-view (PPV).
"Showdown" Joe Ferraro of Sportsnet reported news of the 135-pound contest via Twitter on Saturday. UFC officials have yet to officially confirm the bout.
After dropping his UFC debut to Brian Caraway in the UFC 149 "Fight of the Night" last July, the 28-year-old rebounded with the 69-second submission of Watson.
Tamura (7-3) will enter UFC 158 on the heels of his first career knockout loss to Raphael Assuncao at UFC on FUEL TV 4 last July. The defeat evened Tamura's record inside the Octagon to 1-1, and the Japanese fighter will look to avoid dropping two in a row when he competes in Canada for the first time.
The 28-year-old has yet to be submitted in his 10-fight professional career. He will look to keep that feat in tact against a submission specialist in Gagnon.
UFC 158: "St-Pierre vs. Diaz" goes down March 16 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A welterweight championship grudge match between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz serves as the main event while crucial 170-pound contests of Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald and Johnny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger fill the undercard.