With the UFC 138 fight card in Birmingham, England, filling up, names are flying around thick and fast as they all vie for a slot on the bill, the latest of which is that of London Shootfighter John Hathaway. According to sources close to the situation, he has been selected to appear in a welterweight encounter against an opponent to be named.
The fight will mark his sixth for the promotion and his third outing on domestic soil. Hathaway was originally in talks to appear on the UFC 137: Diaz vs. St. Pierre fight card on Oct. 29, but it is understood that he will be tooling up for a home encounter instead.
Looking at the active welterweight division reveals a relatively sparse selection of fighters who are awaiting bouts. With Thiago Alves having just been confirmed on the Birmingham fight card against Swedish newcomer Papy Abedi, that only leaves Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch as high calibre opposition, currently without adversaries.
The UFC’s first five-round, non-title bout – featuring Top 10 middleweights Chris Leben and Mark Munoz – headlines the promotion’s long-awaited return to the U.K.