Two middleweight veterans from season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show will clash on March 16 as Canadian Nick Ring is scheduled to take on American Chris Camozzi at UFC 158: "St-Pierre vs. Diaz" at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Both men were cast members on TUF 11, and both were forced out of the tournament due to injury. Ring made it to the quarterfinals before a knee injury sidelined him, while Camozzi was pulled from the show by doctors after suffering a broken jaw in his fight to get into the house.
UFC officials announced the 185-pound up on Saturday morning.
Ring (13-1) had a run-in with bad luck last November as he was scheduled to face Constantinos Philippou at UFC 154 before the flu forced him out of the fight on the morning of the event. Ring's bout against Philippou was scrapped and now the 33-year-old will get a second chance to compete for the Montreal fans who wanted to see him in November.
"The Promise" was last seen in the Octagon at UFC 149 where he earned a decision victory over Court McGee. Ring is 3-1 under the UFC banner with the only career defeat coming to middleweight contender Tim Boetsch.
Camozzi (18-5) is currently on a three-fight win-streak and will attempt to continue his momentum with a fourth consecutive victory at UFC 158. Camozzi went perfect in 2012, earning three wins inside the Octagon including two stoppages. After traveling to Brazil and defeating Luiz Cane in front of his home country at UFC 153 last October, Camozzi will attempt to put on a repeat performance by taking out Ring with the Canadian faithful watching closely.
The 26-year-old has finished 11 of his 18 wns inside the distance and has yet to be knocked out in 23 professional fights.
It is unknown at this time where Ring vs. Camozzi will air on the UFC 158 fight card, which is expected to be broadcast on pay-per-view (PPV), FX and Facebook.
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 Diazserves as the main event while crucial 170-pound contests of Carlso Condit vs. Rory MacDonaldand Johnny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger fill the undercard.