As 2011 comes to a close, the inaugural UFC on Fuel TV fight card grows bigger, literally. UFC officials on Wednesday announced the addition of a heavyweight bout matching up prospects Stipe Miocic and Phil De Fries.
“Undefeated heavyweights will collide as verbal agreements are in for 8-0 Phil De Fries versus 7-0 Stipe Miocic on February 15 in Omaha, Nebraska,” said UFC president Dana White.
Miocic has been fighting professionally for less than two years. After rolling through the competition in his native Ohio, Miocic made his Octagon debut with a unanimous decision victory over Joey Beltran at UFC 136 in Houston.
He’ll return to the cage against De Fries, who has little more experience. He has been in the cage professional for a little over two and a half years, but has been just as successful, never losing a bout.
De Fries made his UFC debut with a unanimous decision victory over Rob Broughton on his home turf at UFC 138 in England. The Brit will now cross over the Atlantic for the first time to face Miocic.
A welterweight contest between Top 10 fighters Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger heads the UFC on Fuel TV 1 fight card in Omaha.