The September 21st, UFC 165 card has six fights booked now, as the promotion has announced that welterweight Stephen Thompson will take on Chris Clements, and that Mark Bocek will fight Michel Prazeres at the Toronto bound event.
News of the fights was reported first by Sportsnet’s Joe Ferraro, which was retweeted by the promotion’s Canadian Twitter feed. UFC 165 will be hosted by Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
Thompson (7-1) will look to build on the unanimous decision loss he scored over Nah-Shon Burrell in May, which moved his UFC record to 2-1.
Clements (11-4) is returning from shoulder and arm surgery, and hasn’t fought since last July when Matt Riddle tapped him out at UFC 149. Since Riddle tested positive for marijuana after the fight, however, the bout was declared a no contest.
Considering the striking experience and approaches of both Clements and Thompson, that fight could steal the show.
Prazeres (16-1) is coming off the first loss of his pro career, as he dropped a UD loss to welterweight Paulo Thiago at UFC on FX 8 in May.
Bocek (11-5) is also looking to get back on track, as the BJJ black belt lost by unanimous decision to Rafael dos Anjos in his last outing at UFC 154 last November.
Since both Bocek and Clements hail from Ontario, they should have plenty of hometown support on September 21st.
UFC 165 will be headlined by a light-heavyweight bout between champion Jon Jones and challenger Alexander Gustafsson.