by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday announced a welterweight bout pitting Nate Diaz against Marcus Davis on Aug. 28 at UFC 118 in Boston.
Diaz (12-5), the lightweight winner of Season 5 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” enters the bout hot on the heels of a win over Rory Markham at UFC 111 in New Jersey. The bout with Markham was supposed to be Diaz’ debut at welterweight, but was instead fought at a catchweight of 177 pounds when Markham couldn’t make the welterweight limit. The bout with Davis will now mark his 170-pound debut.
Davis (17-6) enters the bout fresh off of a TKO victory over Canadian Jonathan Goulet at UFC 113 in Montreal. That bout ended a two-fight skid for Davis and set him up for the Diaz fight in his own backyard. Davis lives in Maine.
Diaz was involved in the Strikeforce: Nashville post-fight brawl in April, but wasn’t a licensed cornerman, so he was not eligible for suspension by the Tennessee Athletic Commission. He was fined, but remains available for UFC 118.
A UFC lightweight championship rematch between current titleholder Frankie Edgar and the man he defeated for the belt, B.J. Penn, headlines the Boston card.