T-minus three months (and counting).
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is slowly but surely populating its UFC on FUEL TV 6 fight card, recently adding a middleweight match-up pitting Octagon sophomore Tom DeBlass vs. Grabaka's Riki Fukuda for the CotaiArena at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel in the People’s Republic of China, on Nov. 10, 2012.
The Score brought word of the booking earlier today.
DeBlass (7-1) came up empty in his Octagon debut, suffering his first professional loss against Cyrille Diabate at the 2: "Gustafsson vs. Silva" event earlier this year. The former Ring of Combat (ROC) heavyweight champion took the "Snake" fight on less than two weeks notice and is likely to earn a mulligan for his defeat.
But don't expect any benevolence from his opponent.
Fukuda (18-6) entered the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion on the strength of a seven-fight winning streak. Apparently, Nick Ring didn't get the memo, outpointing his Japanese foe en route to a unanimous decision victory at the UFC 127 event in early 2011.
0-2 is not a great place to be in today's ultra-competitive combat landscape.
News, notes and other items of interest for UFC on FUEL TV 6 can be discovered here.