Ring signed to UFC bout
By Blaine Meller
Sometimes opportunity knocks more than once. And this time, the opportunity given to Calgarian Nick Ring is another shot at the big dance.
It was announced Dec. 7 that Ring, 30, will be on the card of UFC 127, being contested at the Acer Arena in Sydney Australia Feb. 27. Ring, 11-0, will face Japan’s Riki Fukuda (17-4), who is also making his debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
Ring, an instructor at BDB Martial Arts here in Calgary, is a former intercontinental, North American and Canadian Muay Thai champion and holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Ring, nicknamed “The Promise,” was a participant on The Ultimate Fighter, season 11, a reality show where fighters battle for the opportunity to earn a UFC contract.
The fight will be the first for Ring since he defeated eventual TUF 11 winner Court McGee during show filming this past January. After the fight, Ring, who had been competing with a lingering knee injury, was forced to pull out of the show with a torn ACL. The knee now surgically repaired, Ring has been rehabilitating the joint and spending time at Tristar Gym in Montreal training with UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre.