The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday night announced a bantamweight match-up between Ivan Menjivar and Nick Pace for its return to Philadelphia.
“Bantamweights Ivan Menjivar and Nick Pace have agreed to fight each other Aug. 6 at UFC 133 in Philadelphia,” said UFC president Dana White. “Menjivar is coming off a devastating elbow knockout win and Pace utilized a rarely seen type of submission to secure the victory in his last outing.”
Menjivar (22-8) made his Octagon debut UFC 129 in Toronto, where he laid Charlie Valencia out with a short elbow that broke his nose a minute-and-a-half into the opening round. It was a positive turn of events for Menjivar after losing a decision to Brad Pickett in his first fight under the Zuffa banner at WEC 53.
Pace (6-1) is at a deficit in the experience department against Menjivar, but he is also riding high after his UFC debut. Pace submitted Will Campuzano at “The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck” finale in December with a Pillory choke. The submission is similar in nature to a triangle choke, but utilizes an arm and leg of the fighter applying the hold to form a triangular constriction.
A light heavyweight feature bout between former champion Rashad Evans and Phil Davis is currently slotted in as the UFC 133 main event on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia.