UFC 137 Fight Card Pits TUF Runner-up Ramsey Nijem against Danny Boy Downes

Ufc LogoAs the UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz fight card nears completion, UFC president Dana White on Thursday announced that a lightweight match-up pitting Daniel “Danny Boy” Downes against “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem has been verbally agreed to.

Downes (8-2), a fan favorite, could really use a victory after dropping a unanimous decision to Jeremy Stephens at the TUF 13 Finale in June. Between bouts for WEC and UFC, he’s just 1-2 under the Zuffa umbrella.

Nijem (4-2), despite losing to Tony Ferguson in the final bout of season 13 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” has the added leeway usually afforded fighters that emerge from the popular reality series. That leeway doesn’t last forever though and he’ll be looking to establish himself as part of the promotion with a win over Downes.

The Las Vegas-based UFC 137 fight card is headlined by a welterweight title bout pitting champion Georges St-Pierre against former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz.

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