James Head vs. Jason High added to UFC Fight Night 27


A welterweight bout between James Head (9-3, 2-2 UFC) and Jason High (16-4, 0-2 UFC) has been added to UFC Fight Night 27, which is now finalized with 13 fights. FoxSports.com reported the fight early Thursday.

Head was slated to meet Bobby Voelker on the card, but Voelker was moved into a fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC On FOX 8 next weekend as an injury replacement for Siyar Bahadurzada. High steps in on about six weeks’ notice as he looks to score his first UFC win.

Head has split his first four UFC bouts. After losing his debut to Nick Ring at UFC 131 in June 2011, Head scored two straight wins over Papy Abedi and Brian Ebersole as he made his way down to the welterweight division. That led to a fight against highly-ranked Mike Pyle in December 2012. Pyle defeated Head by TKO, which ended Head’s two-fight win streak. Head was set to return in April at UFC 159, but his opponent, Nick Catone, wasn’t medically cleared, and the bout was cancelled the day of the event.

High will be fighting for the third time in the UFC. He fought one time during a stint in 2010 as he was released following a decision loss to Charlie Brenneman in March 2010. High then racked up seven straight wins, including the last three in the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion, earning a return to the UFC. He was submitted by Erick Silva in his return at UFC On FUEL TV 10 in June, and he will look to start a new win streak against Head.

UFC Fight Night 27 takes place on Aug. 28 from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. It will be the second main fight card featured on FOX Sports 1, while prelims are scheduled to air on Facebook.

Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann meet in a rematch of their 2009 bout in the night’s five-round main event, and Donald Cerrone and Rafael Dos Anjos meet in the night’s co-main event.

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