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TUF 11 Alum Rich Attonito Talks Move To Welterweight

After three bouts in the middleweight division, Rich Attonito will drop to welterweight to face Daniel Roberts at UFC Live: Marquardt vs. Story later this month.

“I feel I’m finally down at the weight class I should have been the entire time,” said Attonito. “I feel better than I’ve ever felt physically and athletically. I’m ready to go in there and take the victory.”

A cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 11, Attonito was injured during competition and was unable to continue. He made the most of his chance at the season’s finale, earning a TKO victory over Jamie Yager. Rich followed up that win with a unanimous decision over Renzo Gracie black belt Rafael Natal, but suffered his first UFC loss to Dave Branch at the TUF 12 Finale in December.

With the loss, the longtime American Top Team member decided that a move to welterweight would be best for his career, and he makes that move when he takes on five-time UFC veteran Roberts.

Attonito currently holds a 9-4 record, including victories in two of his three UFC bouts. Six of his nine wins have come via knockout or submission.

UFC Live: Marquardt vs. Story takes place on June 26th from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The main card will be broadcast live on Versus in the U.S. and on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada.