The UFC has added a bantamweight bout to UFC 154 on November 17th as Ivan Menjivar takes on UFC newcomer Azamat Gashimov.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) September 8, 2012
Menjivar (24-9) entered the UFC via the merger with the WEC and won his first three fights in the UFC. He was scheduled to take on Renan Barao at UFC 148, but the fight was canceled when Barao was moved to the main event of UFC 149 and take on Urijah Faber for the interim bantamweight title.
He ended up meeting Mike Easton and a win over Easton could have put him “in the mix” for a title shot, but he was defeated by unanimous decision.
Gashimov (7-1) was signed by the UFC earlier this year and was scheduled to make his debut at UFC on FUEL TV 3, but he was forced out of the bout. He is currently won two straight fights and a majority of his fights have come in Russia.
Six of his seven victories have come by either knockout or submission, with four of those wins coming by submission and three of those wins were armbar submission.
UFC 154 takes place on November 17th from the Bell Centre in Montreal and is expected to be headlined by welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre meeting interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit in a unification title bout.