Nick Catone vs. Tom Watson Added to UFC 169 Fight Card in New Jersey

Tom Kong WatsonA middleweight match-up between Nick Catone and Tom Watson has been added to the UFC 169: Cruz vs. Barao fight card in Newark, N.J.

UFC officials announced the addition on Thursday.

Catone (9-4) is a New Jersey native and seven-fight UFC veteran. He’ll be looking to snap a two-fight losing streak on the Feb. 1 fight card.

Catone made his welterweight debut in December 2012, losing to TJ Waldburger by triangle choke. He was expected to face James Head at UFC 159, but missed weight and the fight was scrapped when Catone had to go to the hospital due to severe dehydration the day of the event. The fight with Watson will take place in the middleweight division and will be Catone’s first fight in more than a year.

Watson (16-6) made his UFC debut in September 2012, losing to Brad Tavares by split decision. He bounced back in his next outing, defeating Stanislav Nedkov by technical knockout. He’s coming off a unanimous decision loss to Thales Leites on Aug. 3.

UFC 169 takes place on Feb. 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and features two title fights. Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz returns after being sidelined for more than two years with a plaguing knee injury. He’ll put his title on the line against interim champion Renan Barao in the main event.

Featherweight champion Jose Aldo faces top contender Ricardo Lamas in the card’s co-main event.

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