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Paul Taylor and Gabe Ruediger for Next Target for UFC 126

Written on November 30, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Paul Taylor and Gabe Ruediger match-up is likely to happen on UFC 126. The earlier report says that both fighters are set for UFC 127. An unidentified source said that both fighters agreed on this fight. All that is needed is a signed contract to finalize the event.

Lightweights (10-6-1 , 3-5 ) and (17-6 MMA, 0-2 ) are the next targeted match-up for 126. The report was confirmed today by sources close to the promotion. Even though both fighters said yes to the plan agreements are yet to be official.

will take place on February 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event will feature a middleweight title fight between champion and contender Vitor Belfort.

Initially, it has been expected that Taylor and Ruediger will be meeting on UFC 127 that will take place on February 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Taylor, a U.K. native, just came out fresh from a battle with Sam Stout at UFC 121 this past month. Although Taylor dominated the fight, Stout got the judges’ decision. It was Taylor’s first fight as a lightweight after his welterweight career. This will also mark his first fight after the unfortunate dismissal that he got due to medical issues on UFC 112 and TUF 11 Finale. He was scheduled to fight John Gunderson on both occasions.

While his record stands at 3-5, his aggression on the octagon has won him “Fight of the Night” honors three times. Either way, this could be his last shot for the big victory banner with the promotion.

On the other hand, Ruediger is back after a groin injury that forced him to withdraw from a meeting with Paul Kelly at UFC 123 earlier this month.

Prior to that, The Ultimate Fighter 5 alumni met disappointment when he went back in the octagon after abstaining for more than three years on UFC. He fought TUF 5 rival Joe Lauzon and was tapped out a little more than two minutes. It snapped out his six-fight win streak.

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