The last time UFC welterweight Kyle Noke competed in front of his fellow Australians he came up short on the judges’ scorecards, suffering a disappointing decision loss to newcomer Andrew Craig this past March. Fortunately, the 32-year old will have a chance at redemption in a few months when the Octagon returns to the continent for UFC on FX 6 where he has been booked to face Seth Baczynski.
The two were cast-mates on the Ultimate Fighter 11 and are coming off opening round knockout wins at UFC 152. The match-up joins others like George Sotiropoulos-Ross Pearson and Rousimar Palhares-Hector Lombard on the December 14 lineup.
MMA Diehards was first to report the bout.
The 20-6-1 Noke dropped down to 170 pounds for his previous pairing after a decent run at middleweight, and the move proved to be a good one considering his 45-second flattening of Charlie Brenneman. The win marked the seventh strike-based stoppage of his career and fifteenth finish overall.
Baczynski (18-8) has been on fire since being cut by the UFC following a stumble to Brad Tavares at the Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, winning six straight including a quartet of consecutive victories inside the Octagon.
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