The lineup for the UFC’s debut in the city that was the birthplace of The Beatles continues to build.
A middleweight matchup between Darren Stewart (7-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) and Eric Spicely (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has been added to UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool, England. Spicely announced the fight on Twitter after an initial report from MMANYTT.com. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
UFC Fight Night 130 will take place May 27 at Echo Arena in Liverpool. The Sunday event will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The promotion announced the card this past Friday with Liverpool native Darren Till in the main event, though his opponent is not yet set.
Stewart is in bad need of a victory. The Brit signed with the UFC after a 7-0 start to his career, then won his promotional debut with a TKO win over Francimar Barroso in Brazil at UFC Fight Night 100 in November 2016. But that result was flipped to a no-contest after the Brazilian commission ruled Stewart’s win was aided by an accidental headbutt.
In their rematch at UFC Fight Night 107 in London a year ago, Barroso spoiled Stewart’s home matchup with a unanimous decision win. Stewart’s past two fights haven’t been pleasant. He was submitted by Karl Roberson in his middleweight debut in November at UFC Fight Night 120, and against Julian Marquez at UFC on FOX 26 in December, he was choked out in the second round – though he did pick up a “Fight of the Night” bonus.
Spicely needs to get back on track, as well. He, too, had a perfect start to his MMA career before signing with the UFC. After a submission loss to Sam Alvey in his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 91, he had back-to-back submission wins against Thiago Santos and Alessio Di Chirico. The Santos win came in hostile territory in Brazil against an 8-1 favorite in Santos and earned him a $50,000 bonus award.
But this past June, he went back to Brazil and was submitted by Antonio Carlos Junior at UFC 212, and in December Gerald Meerschaert took him out with a second-round TKO from a body kick at the TUF 26 Finale in Las Vegas.
With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 130 lineup includes:
- Darren Till vs. TBA
- Tom Breese vs. Daniel Kelly
- Trevor Smith vs. Elias Theodorou
- Eric Spicely vs. Darren Stewart
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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