The UFC on Friday announced a bantamweight addition to its UFC 140 fight card in Toronto. Canadian Yves Jabouin will face Walel Watson when the promotion returns on Dec. 10 to the record-setting city.
“Jabouin is looking to stay undefeated since moving into the weight division and Watson is coming off a spectacular knockout win,” said UFC president Dana White in announcing that both fighters have verbally agreed to the bout.
Jabouin (16-7), a training partner of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, is coming off of a successful debut at 135 pounds. He won a split decision over Ian Loveland at UFC 134 in Rio. He’d lost three of his four fights prior to Loveland and was likely staring at a pink slip if he hadn’t won in Brazil.
Watson (9-2) left a lasting impression on company brass at UFC on Versus 6 earlier this month when he TKO’d fellow Octagon debutant Joseph Sandoval little more than a minute into their fight. Watson has explosiveness in his hands to accompany great depth in his submission abilities, making him a solid addition to the bantamweight roster.