Brit Tom Blackledge Plans To Play Hometown Spoiler

By Lee Whitehead

Wolfslair standout Tom Blackledge is on the cusp of his UFC debut, fit, healthy and ready to go… unlike UFC 120 where an injury forced him out of a home-soil trial by fire against James McSweeney.

If the name remains unknown to Stateside fans, and even fans down under, the face will soon be familiar, as Blackledge was one of Team Rampage’s coaches during Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. But this is his chance to make a big impression and show the world what he’s got as a fighter.

“It’s very exciting and a huge honor to get the opportunity to be able to fight in Australia, even if the fans there won’t be too happy with me after the fight.”

The import fighter clashing with a hometown hero is a story that’s been played out many times on fight cards throughout the world, but in Blackledge’s case, it’s against Antony Perosh, the gutsy Aussie fighter who stepped into the breach against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic last time the UFC went down under.

“He’s a tough guy with good cardio,” Blackledge said of Perosh.


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