Welcome to the UFC Chris Beal, Patrick Williams, and Matt Hobar
Another three bantamweights have been added to the UFC's roster with the signing of former TUF 18 fighter Chris Beal, facing off against fellow newcomer Patrick Williams at UFC 172, and Matt Hobar filling in for Wilson Reis against Pedro Munhoz at the TUF Brazil 3 finale.
The UFC's slow and steady progress toward market domination continues with the signing of another three bantamweight fighters. All three were added to the UFC roster and upcoming fight cards on April 14th. Former TUF 18 contestand Chris Beal will make his debut at UFC 172 against another newcomer in Patrick Williams. Following shortly on their heels will be Legacy FC champion Matt Hobar, who will step in for the injured Wilson Reis against Pedro Munhoz at the TUF Brazil 3 Finale. All matches have been made official by the UFC.
Who is Chris Beal?
28-year old Chris Beal fights out of the Knuckleheadz Boxing Gym, known for producing some solid boxing talent, as well as being the home of former TUF winner Tony Ferguson. It's not a consistent producer of great MMA fighters, but it's more solid than some of the really small camps fighters come out of. As for record, Beal is undefeated at 8-0, but has really only beat middling journeymen and inexperienced, or really terrible opponents. Considering his level of competition, the fact that he has a pretty poor finishing rate is not a good sign.
Who is Patrick Williams?
A former Division I wrestler for Arizona State University, Williams was part of the class of ASU wrestlers who've moved on to successful MMA careers. His path to the UFC has taken a little longer than the likes of Cain Velasquez, Ryan Bader, or C.B. Dollaway, and he started his MMA career much later (debuting in 2010) but with a 7-3 record he's found some reasonable success. A win over WEC vet Rafael Dias is his biggest to date, although each of his three losses have come to decent regional competition. The rest of his wins are without note. He trains out of Freestyle Fighting Academy in Miami, the website for which appears to be little more than a sales advert.
Who is Matt Hobar?
In the other major bantamweight signing news, the UFC has signed Legacy FC 135 lb champ Matt Hobar. Hobar, 27, fights out of Octagon MMA, a camp he shares with UFC welterweight Sean Spencer. He'll be entering the UFC with a solid 8-1 record, having avenged his only loss (due to injury) against Steven Peterson. He doesn't have any big names on his record, but as of late has been fighting other decent regional talent at Legacy FC. His martial arts background is largely in wrestling, where he was a fairly successful in high school, but doesn't appear to have pursued it past that point.