Pat Healy is in need of a win after losing two straight. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Two new bouts have been added to the UFC’s upcoming debut in Orlando, Fla., including a lightweight showdown between Pat Healy and Jorge Masvidal.
UFC officials Wednesday announced the matchup, along with a middleweight contest pitting Brad Tavares against Yoel Romero Palacio. UFC on Fox 11 takes place April 19 at Amway Center and is headlined by a heavyweight title eliminator between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne.
A 48-fight pro, Healy has struggled in his recent run with the UFC. “Bam Bam” first saw a submission win over Jim Miller changed to a no-contest after testing positive for marijuana last April, a result that was followed by decision defeats to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Bobby Green to close out 2013.
Masvidal had a three-fight winning streak snapped in his most recent outing, when Rustam Khabilov edged the former Strikeforce title contender in a hard-fought three-rounder this past November at UFC Fight Night 31.
Beaten only once in 13 pro outings, Tavares heads into his UFC on Fox 11 appearance on a five-fight winning streak. The 26-year-old earned two victories last year, scoring unanimous decision wins over Riki Fukuda and Bubba McDaniel before kicking off 2014 with a Jan. 15 triumph over Lorenz Larkin.
In Palacio, Tavares faces another once-beaten talent and an Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling. The Cuban native has been perfect since joining the UFC last year, scoring knockouts of Clifford Starks, Ronny Markes and Derek Brunson to kick off his Octagon career.