“The Ultimate Fighter 9” winner James Wilks will be making his debut as an official UFC employee against Matt Brown at UFC 105 in Manchester, England. It had been heavily rumored that Wilks would fight in front of his hometown peeps, however we now know who he will be slugging it out with.
MMAWeekly.com has confirmed the bout with sources close to the situation.
Wilks earned his TUF crown by taking down DaMarques Johnson with a sick rear-naked choke at 4:54 in the 1stRound of their “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” tussle back in June.
Although he is from Leicestershire, England, he has lived in Laguna Hills, California since 2000. After earning the UFC’s highly-coveted six-figure contract, Wilks opened up his own gym, Lighting MMA, in the cushy beach town.
Brown was last seen beating Pete Sell senseless during their poorly refereed bout at UFC 96. After a barrage of stand up pounding that saw Sell get dropped countless times, referee Yves Lavigne refused to stop the fight even though Sell was clearly out on his feet.
After the scrap, UFC president Dana White openly questioned what fight Lavigne was watching as someone really could have been injured.
Word on the street is that Wilks will be joined by his fellow U.K. comrades, coach Michael Bisping and TUF 9 lightweight winner Ross Pearson.
The U.K. card is expected to take place inside the Manchester Evening News Arena, although the UFC has yet to make the event “official.” Here are the fighter’s rumored to be competing in the November 14th show:
Ross Pearson vs. TBD
Dan Hardy vs. TBD
Michael Bisping vs. TBD
DaMarques Johnson vs. Peter Sobotta
James Wilks vs. Matt Brown