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Following eye surgery, Johnny Case set for UFC debut

Ryan Hass

After a false start, Johnny Case is ready to begin his UFC career.

Case will meet fellow lightweight Kazuki Tokudome at UFC Fight Night 52 on Sept. 20 at the Saitma Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Just days after Case agreed to fight Joe Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 44 in June, he failed a pre-fight eye test and was pulled from the fight. The UFC then paid for him to have LASIK eye surgery and he is now good to go.

A member of Alliance MMA in Chula Vista, Calif., Case is considered a protégé of Myles Jury and will be joining "Fury" on the card in Japan, as Jury is scheduled to fight Takanori Gomi. The 25-year-old Case (13-4) has won his last seven in a row. His last loss came against Rick Glenn, the current WSOF featherweight champion, in Oct. 2010.

Tokudome (12-5-1) has lost his last two in a row after winning his UFC debut against Cristiano Marcello last March. He most recently lost a split decision to Yui Chul Nam in March, although that was named the Fight of the Night.

The event will be headlined by Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt. Also scheduled for it is Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai.

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