Bantamweight Yves Jabouin will get to fight on home soil next time he enters the Octagon.
UFC officials Monday announced that Canada’s Jabouin will take on Brazilian veteran Johnny Eduardo as part of UFC 158 “St. Pierre vs. Diaz.” Topped by a welterweight title bout between champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Nick Diaz, UFC 158 takes place at Bell Centre in Montreal.
Jabouin trains alongside GSP and co-main-eventer Rory MacDonald at Montreal’s Tristar Gym. Against Eduardo, the 33-year-old “Tiger” will look to rebound from a first-round knockout at the hands of Brad Pickett last September. The loss snapped a three-fight winning streak for Jabouin, who had earned consecutive decision victories over Ian Loveland, Walel Watson and Jeff Hougland.
A member of Rio de Janeiro’s acclaimed Nova Uniao camp, Eduardo has gone 1-1 in his first two UFC outings. After a decision loss to countryman Raphael Assuncao in 2011, Eduardo managed only one fight in 2012, a May outpointing of Jeff Curran.