A middleweight match up between Canada’s own Nick Ring and hard-hitting Constantinos Philippou will take place on Nov. 17 at UFC 154 in Montreal.
Both men are coming off recent victories with Ring defeating Court McGee in a very close fight at UFC 149 in his hometown of Calgary in July and Philippou outpointing Ricky Fukuda at UFC 148, which also took place in July.
Neil Davidson of “The Canadian Press” reported the news on Sunday afternoon. UFC officials later confirmed the match up.
Ring (13-1) bounced back from his first career loss to Tim Boetsch with a controversial decision over McGee at UFC 149. The fight was the first for “The Promise” in 10-months after dealing with a number of injuries that kept him out of action. UFC 154 marks the third time in five UFC bouts that the 33-year-old fights in his home country, his overall career record fighting in Canada stands at 8-0.
Philippou (11-2, 1 NC) is one of many 185-pound fighters climbing the ranks toward a title shot. After dropping his UFC debut to Nick Catone back in March 2011, the 32-year-old has won four fights in a show and shown he is one of the most technical and powerful strikers in the middleweight division. At UFC 154, Philippou will look to accomplish the extremely difficult feat of winning five-straight UFC bouts.
UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit goes down Nov. 17 from the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A welterweight championship unification match between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit headlines the event.