Canadian bantamweight Yves Jabouin has been given an opportunity to leave a better taste in Toronto fans’ mouths than was the case at UFC 129 where he fell to a Flying Triangle Choke in the opening bout at the record-breaking event.
According to an official announcement from the UFC, “The Tiger” will take on newcomer Walel Watson on December 10 when the promotion returns to the MMA hotbed for UFC 140.
Watson made his Octagon debut earlier this month at UFC Live 6 where he knocked out Joseph Sandoval before the midway point in their preliminary bout’s opening round. A teammate of Strikeforce fighter Liz Carmouche at Team Hurricane Awesome in California, Watson holds an overall record of 9-2 with all of his victories coming by way of a stoppage.
The 32-year old Jabouin is no stranger to finishing foes with eleven TKOs in sixteen total wins. His last fight came in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 134 where he barely outpointed Ian Loveland in a hotly-contested clash, winning the match-up via Split Decision.
UFC 140 is headlined Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight championship against former title-holder Lyoto Machida and also features twin brothers Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira taking on Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz respectively. The card also boasts a number of Canadians including area-favorites Mark Bocek, Rory MacDonald, and Mark Hominick.
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MMATraining Take: This is an important fight for both men. It will allow Watson to test his skills and see where he stacks up in the division, while Jabouin is skating on thin ice in terms of drawing a UFC paycheck. He had a subpar record in WEC and is only 1-1 in the UFC. At 32-years old his UFC career could definitely be on the line. Add to that the environment, i.e. Canada, and the bout appears to be ripe with entertainment-laden potential come showtime in December.