A middleweight fight between Rafael Natal and Kevin Casey has officially been added to UFC on FOX 18 in January. UFC officials announced the matchup on Mondy.

Natal (20-6-1) will be looking to be pick up his fourth straight win, with his most recent being a split decision decision over Uriah Hall at UFC 187 un May. Prior to this win, ‘Sapo’ earned a unanimous decision Tom Watson at UFC 183 and a controversial split decision over Chris Camozzi. Natal’s win over Camozzi snapped his two fight losing streak. He will enter this bout with 11 career stoppage wins, including eight by way of submission, and a UFC record of 8-4-1.

Casey (9-3), a veteran from The Ultimate Fighter 17 and former RFA champion, will bel looking to get back into the win column after seeing his most recent outing against Antônio Carlos Júnior stopped just 11-seconds in the fight following an accidental eye poke rendered Casey unable to continue. As a result, the bout was ruled a No Contest. Prior to his turn of event, the man known as “King” earned a decision over Ildemar Alcântara in July.

UFC on FOX 18 is currently scheduled to take place January 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. A light heavyweight fight between top contenders Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader will serve as the main event.

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