After an unsatisfying Octagon outing earlier this month, Kevin Casey will get straight back to work in the new year.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials Monday announced that Casey will take on Rafael Natal in a middleweight attraction at next month’s UFC on Fox 18 in New Jersey.
Headlined by a light heavyweight duel between Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader, the nationally televised show takes place Jan. 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Casey fought against Antonio Carlos Jr. for all of 11 seconds on Dec. 10 before an eye poke left Casey unable to continue and the bout was called off. In fact, while the 34-year-old “King” will enter his next bout on a six-fight unbeaten streak, two of those bouts were ruled “no-contest,” including a July 2014 victory over Bubba Bush which was overturned when Casey tested positive for steroids.
Natal, 33, comes into the matchup having won three in a row, including two highly contentious split decisions. “Sapo” last saw action in May, when he snatched away a victory from Uriah Hall on the undercard of UFC 187.