Dutch middleweight makes UFC debut in February
The UFC announced the signing and fight booking on Tuesday and also confirmed the co-main event for the UFC 143 Super Bowl weekend card – Carlos Condit vs. Josh Koscheck. The winner of that welterweight fight likely gets first crack at the pay-per-view’s main event winner between champion Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz.
Kuiper (11-0) has 10 of his 11 career wins by stoppage – including nine straight. The judo black belt has six knockouts and four submissions on his resume, all in fights in Europe. Kuiper made his pro debut in 2009, going 7-0 that year.
Natal (13-3-1, 1-1-1 UFC) got his first UFC win in August after a loss in his debut and a draw his second time out. He beat Paul Bradley by unanimous decision at UFC 133 in Philadelphia.
UFC 143 will take place Feb. 4 in Las Vegas with the aforementioned St-Pierre vs. Diaz as the headliner and Condit-Koscheck as the co-main event.