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Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal set for UFC on FOX 18

Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal set for UFC on FOX 18

December 30, 2015

UFC middleweights Kevin Casey (9-3, two no-contests) and Rafael Natal (20-6-1) will clash Jan. 30 at UFC on FOX 18 in Newark, N.J.

Casey currently rides a six-fight undefeated streak, but that run is marred by two no-contests. The first, a UFC 175 bout against Bubba Bush, was originally ruled a knockout victory for Casey, but the result was overturned after the former The Ultimate Fightercompetitor tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone after the fight.

More recently, Casey competed at UFC Fight Night 80, getting just 11 seconds of cage time before an eye poke from his opponent, Antonio Carlos Junior, halted the fight.

Now, Casey turns his attention to Natal to rebound from this unfortunate finish in his last outing.

Like Casey, Natal has pieced together a nice run at 185 of late, going 3-0 since September of 2014 with wins over Chris CamozziTom Watson and Uriah Hall, all via decision.

UFC on FOX 18 is headlined by a light heavyweight tilt between Anthony Johnson (20-5) and Ryan Bader (20-4). Heavyweights Ben Rothwell (35-9) and Josh Barnett (34-7) will clash in the night’s co-main event.

Other confirmed matchups for the card include: Sage Northcutt (7-0) vs. Andrew Holbrook (11-0), Tarec Saffiedine (15-4) vs. Jake Ellenberger (30-10), Iuri Alcantara(32-6) vs. Jimmie Rivera (18-1), Levan Makashvili (7-2) vs. Damon Jackson (9-1),George Sullivan (17-4) vs. Alexander Yakovlev (22-6-1), Olivier Aubin-Mercier (7-1) vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira (11-2), Felipe Olivieri (14-4) vs. Tony Martin (9-3), and Jimy Hettes (11-3) vs. Charles Rosa (10-2).

Source: MMAFighting