Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal added to UFC on Fox 18 card in New Jersey

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The 11th fight for UFC on Fox 18 is now set, with the UFC announcing this week that Kevin Casey will take on Rafael Natal on the Jan. 30 card in New Jersey.

Casey thankfully suffered no serious damage to his eye after a nasty eye poke from Antonio Carlos Junior ended their UFC Fight Night 80 bout in just 11 seconds. He’ll try to secure his second victory in the Octagon in this matchup, as he’s got just one official win in four appearances.

Natal is riding a three fight winning streak, most recently edging past Uriah Hall by split decision in May at UFC 187. The 33-year-old Brazilian is 8-4-1 through 13 UFC bouts to date.

UFC on Fox 18 takes place from the Prudential Center in Newark, headlined by the light heavyweight contender bout between Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader. The full lineup as it stands now is below:

  • Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
  • Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
  • Andrew Holbrook vs. Sage Northcutt
  • Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Diego Ferreira
  • George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
  • Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri
  • Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen
  • Iuri Alcantara vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili
  • Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal

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