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Paul Bradley vs Rafael Natal, Set for UFC 133

Written on July 26, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The UFC 133 lineup was shuffled again, as Rafael "Sapo" Natal now faces Paul Bradley.

After Alessio Sakara’s injury forced UFC to shuffle the UFC 133 fight card once again, Rafael “Sapo” Natal will now face Paul Bradley on August 6. The latter’s original opponent, Constantinos Philippou, is now slated to face Jorge Rivera, while the promotion signed Paul Bradley in the card.

Paul Bradley won his last three fights consecutively, while hopping from one organization to another. Rafael Natal, on the other hand, is 0-1-1 in UFC. He was supposed to meet Alessio Sakara at UFC Live on Versus, but a knee injury forced him to withdraw from the match.

UFC 133 will headline a light heavyweight match between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz, and will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.


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UFC 133: Evans vs Davis Fight Card, All Set

Written on July 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With a middleweight duel pitting Rafael Natal and Constantinos Philippou now official, the lineup for UFC 133: Evans vs Davis is now all set.

UFC 133: Evans vs Davis’ fight card is now complete, as the promotion officially included a middleweight scrap between Rafael ‘Sapo’ Natal and Constantinos Philippou last Saturday. The upcoming tournament will feature a pivotal light heavyweight match between former champion, Rashad Evans, and rising star, Phil Davis. The main, which will air via pay-per-view, will also headline the return of Vitor Belfort in the Octagon against Yoshihiro Akiyama.

UFC 133: Evans vs Davis will go down on August 6 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. See the complete lineup after the break.

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Constantinos Philippou Steps in for Riki Fukuda; to Face Sapo

Written on June 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The Japanese middleweight fighter, Riki Fukuda, bows out of his upcoming UFC 133 bout against Rafael 'Sapo' Natal after getting in a car crash.

Japanese middleweight fighter, Riki Fukuda, acquired a serious leg injury after being hurt in a car crash. He announced the news last Monday, via his official Twitter account.

“I was in a car accident on [June 16]. The doctor said I fractured my left knee and shin bone. It looks like surgery is needed, so I can’t participate in August. Sorry to my fans, everyone who supported me, my opponent and the UFC officials. I’ll still go hard!”

That said, Riki Fukuda won’t be able to compete against Rafael ‘Sapo’ Natal on August 6, at UFC 133. With no specific date of return given by Riki Fukuda yet, Sapo announced on his personal Twitter account – hours later – that he will no be facing Constantinos Philippou on the upcoming tourney. UFC 133 will take place in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on the said date.

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MacDonald vs Natal for UFC 124

Written on October 07, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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MacDonald will be back in action and will face Natal at UFC 124 this December. Can The Athlete's ankle endure the upcoming Tourney, or will Natal find another distress?

UFC middleweight fighter Jason MacDonald is eying his return in the Octagon at UFC 124, and is slated to meet Rafael Natal. Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald is still mending his broken ankle — an injury he acquired at UFC 113 after meeting John Salter. Fortunately, MacDonald has been medically cleared to train since July, and anticipates to return into action this December.

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