by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com (Additional reporting by Lee Whitehead)
Visa issues kept Mostapha Al-Turk out of UFC 109 this weekend, but it won’t keep him out of an April fight in Abu Dhabi against “Ultimate Fighter” alum, Jon Madsen, at UFC 112.
Both fighters have agreed to the fight according to sources close to the situation as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday.
Following back-to-back losses in the UFC, grappling champion Mostapha Al-Turk (6-5) looks to duplicate the success he had in England while fighting in the Octagon.
Losses to Mirko CroCop and Cheick Kongo have put Al-Turk in a must win situation, and following visa issues that put him out of his scheduled fight this weekend against Rolles Gracie, he’ll be gunning for a win in April instead.
It will be a busy weekend for the HIT Squad as Jon Madsen (3-0) makes his first appearance for the UFC since winning at the “Ultimate Fighter” season 10 finale show, and he becomes the third member of the Illinois based camp set for the Abu Dhabi card.
Team leader, Matt Hughes, along with lightweight Matt Veach will also be featured on the upcoming card. Madsen has been working with the team including coach Marc Fiore for some time now, and he’ll look to capitalize on his last fight and make it 2 in a row in the UFC.
UFC 112 is scheduled for April 10 from Abu Dhabi and will be features in the United States as a live pay-per-view that will show during the daytime, and then re-broadcast again later that night as well. Madsen vs. Al-Turk will serve as an undercard fight on the untelevised portion of the card.