UFC 140 Fight Card Gains Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson

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.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defends his belt against Top 10 fighter Lyoto Machida in the UFC 140 main event on Dec. 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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