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UFC Fight Roundup: “Fight for the Troops” card begins to take shape

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The November 6 "Fight for the Troops" card is starting to fill in behind the recently announced headliners Lyoto Machida and Tim Kennedy.

On Friday, the UFC announced that one-time Cuban Olympian Yoel Romero will meet Brazilian Rony Markes in a middleweight bout that same night at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The promotion also set up a battle between former All Army Combatives champ Neil Magny and Seth Baczynski on the card, which airs live on Fox Sports 1. That fight will take place at 170 pounds.

Meanwhile UFC Fight Night 30, which takes place in Manchester, England on Oct. 26, is starting to take shape as well. UFC officials announced that Texan middleweight Andrew Craig, fresh off his split decision victory over Chris Leben at UFC 162, will take on "Ultimate Fighter 17" quarterfinalist Luke Barnatt, and England’s own Brad Scott will fight Dutchman Michael Kuiper.

One other fight of note that’s now taking place at UFC 165: Newcomer Jesse Ronson will be standing in for the injured Mark Bocek on Sept. 21 to face Michel Prazeres in a lightweight bout.

Ronson (13-2) is an Ontario-based fighter who’ll be fighting in front of his hometown fans at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. UFC 165 will be headlined by light heavyweight champion Jon Jones who defends his belt against Alexander Gustafsson. It will mark the third time that Jones has defending his belt in Toronto.