Tavares v WatsonTwo fighters with European roots have been paired against each other at the UFC’s upcoming return to England in the form of a fight between middleweights Stanislav Nedkov-Tom Watson. The bout will mark Nedkov’s debut at 185 pounds after racking up a 12-0 record at light heavyweight including an opening round knockout of Luiz Cane in his Octagon unveiling.

The UFC has confirmed the fight’s addition to UFC on Fuel 7. The card is scheduled for February 16 in London and features an interim title-bout between bantamweights Renan Barao and Michael McDonald in the headlining slot.

Nedkov was last seen being submitted by Thiago Silva in November, though the outcome was ultimately changed to a No Contest after Silva tested positive for marijuana use. The Bulgarian’s drop to middleweight is certainly an intriguing one given his past success including ten finishes and wins over bigger foes such as Travis Wiuff and Kevin Randleman.

The 15-5 Watson, who hails from Southampton, will undoubtedly be the crowd’s darling when the two duke it out in a few months. Regardless of any pressure he might feel having a home-field advantage, Watson certainly can’t afford to come up short against Nedkov for other reasons after losing a Split Decision to Brad Tavares in his initial UFC effort. Among the notable opponents he’d beaten prior to the defeat are the likes of John Maguire, Matt Horwich, and Murilo Rua.