by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It will be a battle of the Brits at UFC 120 in London, England.
Dropping down to the light heavyweight division, James McSweeney will return to his home country in October to face fellow countryman Tom Blackledge in an undercard bout at the O2 Arena.
McSweeney first posted news about the fight on his personal Twitter page on Sunday. Sources close to the event provided additional confirmation to MMAWeekly.com.
Spending most of his career as an undersized heavyweight, James McSweeney (4-5) will see if the 205-pound division is any kinder to him. A fierce striker who splits his training between Greg Jackson’s gym in New Mexico and the Grudge Training Center in Colorado, McSweeney returns home for his next fight.
It could be do or die time for the former “Ultimate Fighter,” who lost his last bout by TKO to Travis Browne in June.
Opposing McSweeney is fellow Brit Tom Blackledge (10-6), who is also a fighter that spent much of his career battling the big men in the heavyweight division. A Wolfslair fighter, Blackledge trains alongside fellow UFC fighters Michael Bisping and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and looks to make his Octagon debut close to home.
The bout between McSweeney and Blackledge will fill part of the untelevised undercard for the show that will be broadcast via tape delay in the United States on Spike TV.