The first ever UFC on FX event will kick off in Jan 2012 and two bouts have already been added to the card.
While no date or venue have been secured for the event, MMAWeekly.com had sources that said a Jan 20 date was rumored for the show, but nothing has been determined yet.
The two fights that UFC officials announced for the event include a welterweight bout between Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig and Josh Neer, as well as a heavyweight tilt between Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft.
Ludwig returns in January after a successful performance at his last fight where he took out former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner Amir Sadollah. It was Ludwig’s second win in a row in the Octagon after dealing with ankle surgery in 2010.
Josh Neer comes back to face Ludwig after first returning to the Octagon in October with a rousing performance over Keith Wisniewski. Neer busted up his opponent using short elbows from inside the clinch, and picked up his first win in the UFC since a 2009 victory over former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner Mac Danzig.
Also added to the UFC on FX card is a heavyweight match-up where Pat Barry will look to get on a winning track after two losses in a row.
Barry lost his last two fights, but not without a lot of excitement in both of them. In his fight with Cheick Kongo, Barry had the Frenchman hurt and seemingly out of it, but a quick hail mary punch from Kongo ended Barry’s night. Barry followed that up with a submission loss to Stefan Struve, but again came close to ending that fight as well with a pro wrestling style ‘power bomb’ but couldn’t get out of the Dutchman’s triangle choke.
Facing Barry in January will be Christian Morecraft, who looks to bounce back from a loss of his own in his last fight to Matt Mitrione.
Morecraft previously defeated Mitrione’s teammate and friend Sean McCorkle in his last fight, before suffering the defeat in June.
The two bouts announced for the card mark the inaugural event for the UFC on FX. While no name has been giving to the show, the debut will kick off in January for six slated live events to take place on the network in 2012.
UPDATE: As originally reported by MMAWeekly.com the debut card for UFC on FX was rumored to take place on Jan 20 and now more confirmation has come to support that. Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig’s manager posted on Twitter that the fight will take place Jan 20 in Nashville, Tenn. No further reports have been confirmed for the location however.