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Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak announced for UFC 231

Hakeem Dawodu
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Calgary, Alberta’s Hakeem Dawodu is heading to Ontario for his next matchup.

Officials announced Thursday that Dawodu will fight Kyle Bochniak in a featherweight bout at UFC 231 on Dec. 8 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

The bout was first reported by FloCombat.

Dawodu picked up his first Octagon victory at UFC on FOX 30 in his hometown, winning a clear-cut decision over Austin Arnett. The 27-year-old rebounded from a 39-second submission loss in his UFC debut against Danny Henry and owns an 8-1-1 pro record overall. Prior to joining the UFC, he won a unanimous decision against then-44-fight veteran Steven Siler.

Looking for a bounce back performance of his own is Bochniak (8-3), a 31-year-old fighting out of Boston. “Crash” lost a unanimous decision to Zabit Magomedsharipov in his last outing at UFC 223 in April, but his performance was strong enough to earn him a share of that evening’s Fight of the Night award. Bochniak has alternated wins and losses since joining the UFC in January 2016, with his victories coming against Enrique Barzola and Brandon Davis, both by decision.

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