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Riki Fukuda vs. Rafael Natal Slated for UFC 133

Middleweight Riki Fukuda and Rafael Natal have verbally agreed to square off at UFC 133 in August, MMA Fighting has learned from sources close to the fight.

While not officially announced by the organization, UFC 133 has been rumored to take place on August 6 at the Well Fargo Center in Philadelphia. News of the event was first reported by MMA Fighting.

Both Fukuda and Natal will be looking to pick up their first UFC wins when they meet.

Fukuda (17-5), the former DEEP middleweight champion, dropped a controversial unanimous decision to Nick Ring at UFC 127 in February. Prior to the loss to Ring, Fukuda had won his last seven in a row.

Meanwhile, Natal (12-3-1) fought Jesse Bongfeldt to a majority draw at UFC 124 and lost via unanimous decision to Rich Attonito at UFN 22. The Brazilian was supposed to fight Alessio Sakara at UFC on Versus 3, but a knee injury suffered in training forced him to pull out of the bout.

Thus far, only Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara and Michael McDonald vs. Nick Pace have been officially announced by the organization for UFC 133.

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