After a successful bid to get back into the UFC following his early exit on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10, Jon Madsen will be heading overseas to face Mostapha Al Turk at UFC 112 from the Concert Arena, Ferrari World, Yas Island on April 10 in Abu Dhabi.
Our comrades at Around the Octagon confirmed the match up earlier today.
Madsen made a name for himself in the high school and collegiate wrestling scene, but made a bee-line for mixed martial arts immediately following his quest for higher learning.
After joining Matt Hughes H.I.T. Squad, Madsen racked up a perfect 2-0 record in 2008 after his debut at Crossroads Combat Challenge (CCC) 3 in Illinois.
That success (along with his gym affiliation) landed him a spot on TUF 10, but he would eventually fall to finalist Brendan Schaub via knockout in their exhibition match in the quarterfinals. He rebounded against Justin Wren, grinding out a split decision at last year's TUF Finale and is ready to keep the momentum going.
Waiting for him in the United Arab Emirates will be Al Turk — perhaps best known for having his eyes turned into a Croatian shisk kabob at UFC 99 by Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.
He came up short in his debut against Cheick Kongo at UFC 92 after a successful run in Europe on the Cage Rage circuit. In fact, he has six wins in seven attempts for the promotion and was riding a two-fight win streak before getting dismantled at "The Ultimate 2008."
Al Turk was going to welcome Rolles Gracie to the Octagon at UFC 109: "Relentless" until Visa issues forced him to withdraw from the event.
He is a pretty well-rounded fighter with serviceable boxing and solid grappling skills -– good enough to earn him the British Cage Rage heavyweight title.
Are they good enough to fend off the hungry up-and-comer? That remains to be seen.
UFC 112 is expected to feature two world title fights, including middleweight champion Anderson Silva taking on Vitor Belfort and lightweight kingpin BJ Penn putting his belt on the line against Frankie Edgar.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information on this still-developing fight card.