The UFC added a couple more fights to their early 2016 schedule over the weekend, announcing that Francimar Barroso will take on Abdul-Kerim Edilov at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston, while Tom Breese meets Keita Nakamura at UFC Fight Night 83 in London.
Barroso has won two of three fights thus far in the Octagon, though injuries and other delays have made those appearances sporadic. He most recently defeated Ryan Jimmo by decision in May, bouncing back from a March 2014 loss to Hans Stringer.
He now welcomes the 24-year-old Edilov to the UFC. The Russian light heavyweight has finished 15 opponents in a 16-4 record, and has won ten straight fights into this debut on Jan. 17.
The UFC Fight Night 81 event takes place from the TD Garden, airing live on Fox Sports 1 with a Bantamweight Championship main event between T.J. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz.
Birmingham’s Breese has looked excellent in his two UFC bouts thus far, taking out both Luiz Dutra, Jr., and Cathal Pendred in the first round this year. That’s moved him to 9-0 overall in his career, with each of those fights ending before the final bell. He’ll put that undefeated mark on the line in his home country against the 12 year vet in Nakamura, who enters the Octagon again after a successful return to the organization in September.
The 31-year-old Japanese competitor lost three times in three fights in the Octagon from 2006-2008. He went 14-3 with one no contest after that last UFC appearance before that September bout in Japan, where he submitted Li Jingliang at UFC Fight Night 75.
The UFC Fight Night 83 card hits the O2 Arena in London on Feb. 27; no headliner is yet set, but Michael Bisping will take on Gegard Mousasi in a featured middleweight bout on the main card.