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Tim Credeur will square off with “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 quarter-finalist Tom Lawlor in a preliminary middleweight bout at UFC 113 “Machida vs. Shogun 2” on May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The UFC has finalized an 11-fight lineup for the event, which marks its return to the Great White North.
Credeur has posted six wins in seven appearances but finds himself on the rebound following his unanimous decision defeat to Nate Quarry at UFC Fight Night 19 in September. It was the first time in 15 fights as a professional that the 32-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt had gone the distance. A Lafayette, La., native and former Rage in the Cage champion, Credeur has recorded eight of his 12 career wins by submission.
Lawlor, one of the UFC’s more eccentric characters, was a three-time national wrestling champion at the University of Central Florida. The 27-year-old Fall River, Mass., native dropped a controversial split decision to the undefeated Aaron Simpson at UFC Fight Night 20 three months ago. Five of Lawlor’s six wins have come by knockout, technical knockout or submission, including his UFC 100 victory over Arizona Combat Sports standout C.B. Dollaway.
A rematch between light heavyweight king Lyoto Machida and 2005 Pride Fighting Championships middleweight grand prix winner Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will headline UFC 113. In addition, the event will feature a pivotal welterweight tilt pitting Josh Koscheck against Paul Daley, a lightweight bout pairing Sam Stout with Jeremy Stephens and a heavyweight matchup between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 quarter-finalist Matt Mitrione. The show will also mark the return of former middleweight title contender Patrick Cote, as he locks horns with Alan Belcher.