Less than a week following the UFC stating a major commitment to Canada over the next three years, the promotion’s next show in the Great White North, UFC 149, drew its first official bout on Monday.
Canadian Mitch Gagnon landed a spot on the Calgary fight card taking on American Bryan Caraway.
Gagnon (8-1) is on a six-fight winning streak as he enters the Octagon for the first time. Gagnon has submitted every single opponent that he has defeated, and hopes to do the same in his UFC debut.
Caraway (16-5) has an advantage heading into UFC 149, having for Strikeforce and the WEC prior to emerging in the Octagon via season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter. His official UFC debut came in a winning effort against Dustin Neace as a featherweight at the TUF 14 Finale.
Caraway will make the drop to bantamweight at UFC 149 to face Gagnon.
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is expected to defend his title in the UFC 149 main event in Calgary on July 21, although no opponent has been announced.