With a killer instinct in the cage and a strong promotional push behind him, Font is quickly becoming a household name on the nationwide mixed martial arts circuit. Highlights of his win over Johnson were featured on the popular AXS TV series Inside MMA.
He’ll make his UFC debut July 5th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas against Douglas Silva de Andrade on the undercard of UFC 175, which features the middleweight title bout between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. The fight will be contested at 135 pounds – Font’s bantamweight debut.
Born in Tampa, Font moved to Boston in 2009 and had zero amateur fights on his record when he first stepped foot inside Mark DellaGrotte’s Sityodtong branch in nearby Somerville. Within two years, Font went from sparring partner to amateur standout before debuting as a professional in December of 2011.
Font’s deal comes 10 months after Howard re-signed with the UFC. Howard’s first run lasted two years from 2009 to 2011. He’s 2-1 since returning last July. In between stints with the UFC, Howard went 5-0 with five knockouts under the guidance of CES.
“So many people have helped get me here, so I’m thankful for them,” Font said. “It feels amazing to say we’ve made it to the UFC, but it’s one thing to make it and quite another to remain in the UFC. Needless to say, it’s only the beginning. We have much more work to do.”
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