Swede Tor ‘The Hammer’ Troéng has been matched-up with Rafael ‘Sapo’ Natal in his next bout on September 4th at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Troéng last made an impressive last time in the Octagon at home in Sweden as he submitted Adam Cella (see post-fight video interview) in first round at Ericsson Globen arena in Stockholm. The Renyi Fight Camp fighter has only had this one official fight on his record, but was on Team Sonnen on season 17 of TUF, where he last lost to Josh Samman.
With a 16 win, 4 loss, and 1 draw fight record, the 30 year old middleweight faces his biggest fight of his career. Troeng is riding a 5 fight win streak, last losing to Thales Leites back on October of 2010. Natal is also 30 years old, and has a 16 win and 4 loss record, with 1 draw.
Natal is from Brazil, but now lives in the US where he is an instructor at Renzo Gracie’s academy in New York.
The black belt has a four win, 2 loss, and 1 draw record in the UFC but is hot of late. Natal has won 4 out of his last 5 bouts, with wins over Joao Zeferino, Sean Spencer, Michael Kuiper, and Paul Bradley. Outside of the UFC, he beat Travis Lutter back in 2010.
The UFC on Fox Sports 1 3 card is headlined by Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira.
Expect to see The Hammer training down to Stockholm for part of his camp as training partner at Allstar Training center Alexander Gustafsson prepares for his title shot against Jon Jones later in the same month.