9 Fights Signed for ‘St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2’

By Brian Knapp Nov 1, 2010
Ring of Combat veteran Rafael Natal (Pictured) will lock horns with promotional newcomer Jesse Bongfeldt in a preliminary middleweight matchup at UFC 124 “St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2” on Dec. 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Nine fights are now official for the event, which will air live on pay-per-view.

A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who trains under Renzo Gracie, Natal has delivered more than half (seven) of his 12 career victories by submission. The 27-year-old Brazilian made his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 22 in September, losing a unanimous decision to “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 qualifier Rich Attonito at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Wins over American Top Team’s Danillo Villefort and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 4 winner Travis Lutter anchor Natal’s resume.

Bongfeldt will carry a seven-fight winning streak into the match. He replaces Jason MacDonald, who withdrew from the event with an undisclosed injury. Bongfeldt has delivered all 21 of his victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission and has gone the distance only once in 28 professional appearances. The Canadian last competed in September 2009, when he needed just 37 seconds to submit Nolan Clark with a rear-naked choke under the Rumble in the Cage banner.

A welterweight title bout between champion Georges St. Pierre and American Kickboxing Academy ace Josh Koscheck will headline UFC 124, along with a heavyweight duel pitting the 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve against unbeaten Sean McCorkle. The show will also feature a welterweight tilt pairing American Top Team’s Thiago Alves with John Howard and a pivotal lightweight affair between AMA Fight Club standout Jim Miller and surging Brazilian prospect Charles Oliveira.

UFC 124 “St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2”
Saturday, Dec. 11
Bell Centre

UFC Welterweight Championship
Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck

Stefan Struve vs. Sean McCorkle
Jim Miller vs. Charles Oliveira
Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig
Thiago Alves vs. John Howard
Dustin Hazelett vs. Mark Bocek
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Rafael Natal
John Makdessi vs. Pat Audinwood
Ricardo Almeida vs. T.J. Grant
* Dan Miller vs. Joe Doerksen
* Matt Riddle vs. Sean Pierson

* Not Official
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