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Match-Up Round-Up: Schafer Vs. Simpson, Bocek Vs. Lentz And More

With their scheduled fights becoming more and more frequent, the UFC has been rolling out new match-ups left and right; just yesterday, the promotion announced three new impending match-ups.

Returning middleweight Chris Camozzi will be taking on Georges St-Pierre training partner Francis Carmont on the undercard of UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Condit this October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. After going 1-1 in the UFC, Camozzi was released to try his luck on the smaller circuit; he’s fought once since, taking out Joey Villaseñor via split decision. Carmont will make his UFC and middleweight debut on the strength of a five-fight winning streak in which all fights were finished.

With Nick Catone injured and out of his UFC 136 scrap with Aaron Simpson, the UFC has brought in Eric Schafer as a replacement. Red has pulled two stints in the UFC, posting an overall promotional record of 3-4. Following two straight losses to Ryan Bader and Jason Brilz, Schafer was released. The talented grappler has since defeated Chris Albandia via submission at XFO 41. After losing two straight contests himself, to Chris Leben and Mark Muñoz, A-Train Simpson has racked up wins over Mario Miranda and Brad Tavares. Simpson 5-2 overall in the UFC. UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 goes down this October 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Finally, a lightweight match-up between grapplers-first Mark Bocek and Nik Lentz has been scheduled for UFC 140, which takes place December 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After putting together an impressive four-fight winning streak, Lentz ran into Charles Oliveira; though the bout was ruled a no contest, Lentz was well on his way to getting TKOed before Oliveira landed an illegal blow and has lost some momentum as a result. A longtime UFC lightweight staple, Bocek has gone 1-2 in his last three, sandwiching a submission win over Dustin Hazelett between losses to Jim Miller and Ben Henderson.