DEEP middleweight champ, Riki Fukuda vs. Nick Ring at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia

TUF 11 cast member, Nick Ring and UFC newcomer and DEEP middleweight champion, Riki Fukuda will meet face to face in a middleweight bout set for UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia on February 27th, 2011.

Fukuda will be making his octagon debut and is currently the DEEP middleweight champion of the world. He’s undefeated since 2008. Fukuda’s most significant win came at DREAM.8 as a late replacement for Yoon Dong-Sik, where he defeated Murilo Rua by unanimous decision. At DEEP 42, Riki defeated Yuichi Nakanishi via unanimous decision to become the DEEP Middleweight Champion and has since successfully defended the title against Hiromitsu Kanehara at DEEP 46 and Ryuta Sakurai at DEEP 49.

Ring hasn’t seen action since he scored a majority decision win over Court McGee on TUF 11. He was subsequently forced to pull out of the competition due to a torn ACL and a lingering knee injury. Later on in the competition, McGee was reinstated and eventual went on to win the TUF 11 competition.

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