by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has had his hands full with fight changes in January. Another has come down the pipe, as Nick Catone will now face Jesse Forbes in a middleweight bout on the upcoming UFC Fight Night 20 in Virginia.
Catone was originally set to face Steve Steinbeiss, a training partner of Forbes, but he’s been forced out of the fight for unknown reasons.
The bout, first reported by MMAJunkie.com, was confirmed by independent sources to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday evening.
With a 1-2 record in the UFC, Catone knows that this is a make or break fight for him as he takes on another experienced wrestler in Forbes. Before moving to the UFC, Catone was undefeated as a professional and came up just short in his last fight against Mark Munoz, dropping a split decision.
Forbes, a cast member on the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” makes his return to the UFC for the first time since a loss to former housemate Matt Hamill in 2006.
Since that time, Forbes has gone on to see a lot of success in other promotions, and now he’s earned his way back to the UFC.
Bout agreements for the fight should be issued shortly and both fighters are expected to sign. Stay tuned for MMAWeekly.com for more information on UFC Fight Night 20 as it becomes available.