After a successful middleweight debut a week-and-a-half ago at XFO 41, former light heavyweight Eric Schafer will get a second shot at the UFC this October in hopes of finding a permanent home at 185 pounds while getting a bit closer to evening up his record in the Octagon.
According to an official announcement through the organization’s website, “Red” will face Aaron Simpson in Houston at UFC 136 on a card headlined by dual title-fights with lightweight champ Frank Edgar defending his belt against Gray Maynard and dynamic Brazilian Jose Aldo putting his strap on the line against Ken Florian.
Schafer’s showings in the UFC may not been relatively successful in nature but the 33-year old grappler rarely fails to entertain and even took Ryan Bader the distance at UFC 104. Holding an overall record of 12-5-2, Schafer has won eight of his fights via submission including past wins against Jason Guida and Houston Alexander.
A former All-American wrestler who has never been tapped out, the 10-2 “A-Train” should be fully prepared for the challenge Schafer offers on the mat while serving as a threat himself. Simpson is coming off an outpointing of Brad Tavares a few months ago at UFC 132, his second straight win and sixth under the UFC banner.
Other bouts at the October 8 event include Jeremy Stephens vs. Anthony Pettis and Brian Stann vs. Chael Sonnen.
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