Talented middleweight prospect Aaron Simpson is scheduled to make his UFC debut on April 1 at UFC Fight Night 18 against Tim McKenzie.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the news from a source close to one of the fighters on Sunday.
The Simpson vs. McKenzie matchup will pit a current member of Arizona Combat Sports, Simpson, vs. one of its former members, McKenzie. Both fighters will also be making their UFC debuts after being transferred over from the WEC following the latter’s decision to close its middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
Simpson improved to 4-0 after needing all of 18 seconds to knockout David Avellan at WEC 36 this past November. A former standout wrestler in college, all of Simpson’s victories have ended inside the distance.
McKenzie is 12-5 overall during a professional mixed martial arts career that began in 2001. He was 1-1 in the WEC with a loss to Steve Cantwell at WEC 33 and a victory over Jeremy Lang at WEC 34.
UFN 18 will take place in Nashville, Tennessee and the two-hour Spike TV telecast will precede the season premiere for the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Additional bouts expected for the card include TUF 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero vs. Jeremy Stephens, TUF 8 light heavyweight winner Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero, and Junie Browning vs. Cole Miller.