Healy-Masvidal, Romero-Tavares slated for UFC on FOX 11
UFC on Fox 11 is starting to take shape with the announcement of two more fights for the April card
Pat Healy (31-17) and Jorge Masvidal (25-8 ) will meet in a lightweight contest, while Yoel Romero (7-1 ) is scheduled to tak on Brad Tavares (12-1 ) at middleweight. UFC officials announced the new bouts overnight.
UFC on FOX 11 is set for April 19 at Amway Center in Orlando. It will be the UFC’s first visit to the city. The main card will air on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Healy is in need of a win. After returning to the UFC for the first time since 2006, he picked up a big submission victory over Jim Miller that got him a pair of bonuses. But when he tested positive for marijuana, the win and the bonus money vanished. In September, he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov at uFC 165, and in December he lost to Bobby Green at UFC on FOX 9.
Masvidal is coming off a decision loss to Rustam Khabilov this past November at the UFC’s third “Fight for the Troops” show.
Romero has been perfect in the UFC mark intact. In January he defeated Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 35. All seven wins for the Olympic silver medal-winning wrestler from Cuba have come by knockout, including a “Knockout of the Night” win in his UFC debut over Clifford Starks.
Tavares kept his solid run going at UFC Fight Night 35 when he defeated Lorenz Larkin in the co-main event. That moved his streak to five straight wins, all by decision, over Dongi Yang, Tom Watson, Riki Fukuda, Robert McDaniel and Larkin.
With the additions, the latest UFC on FOX 11 card now includes:
Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum
Liz Carmouche vs. Miesha Tate
Edson Barboza vs. Donald Cerrone
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Pat Healy vs. Jorge Masvidal
Yoel Romero vs. Brad Tavares