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UFC 143: Michael Kuiper vs Rafael Natal on tap for Feb. 4 in Las Vegas

The UFC 143: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" fight card continues to take shape for the Feb. 4, 2012, pay-per-view scheduled for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hopping on board the Zuffa express is undefeated Judo practitioner Michael Kuiper, who takes on Rafael Natal in a "Sin City" showdown.


Undefeated Judo specialist Michael Kuiper has verbally agreed to make his UFC debut at UFC 143 against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Rafael 'Sapo' Natal, UFC president Dana White announced today.

Kuiper has been perfect through 11 fights and has finished all but one of his victims by way of (T)KO or submission. Will he be ready for the big show in 2012?

Natal (13-3-1) has been consistently inconsistent, going 1-1-1 since his UFC debut back in September 2010. "Sapo" is also known for being a finisher, stopping ten opponents in 13 fights.

UFC 143 will feature Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre putting his title on the line against Stockton bad boy and former Strikeforce king Nick Diaz.

In the co-main event, Carlos Condit will attempt to earn a date with the winner in a bid against Josh Koscheck.

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