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An exchange between top ranked UK Flyweight Pietro Menga and former UFC fighter Marcus Brimage has opened up talks over a potential bout on next year’s Absolute Championship Berkut Manchester event.

Salford’s Menga took to Twitter at the beginning of November to call out Brimage, claiming he would move up to 135lbs to face the renowned American fighter.

Menga was scheduled to fight on ICE FC 18 in Bolton on October 28, but late drama with his opponent saw the bout get cancelled.

31-year-old Brimage is best known from his stint on Season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. During his time in the UFC, Brimage managed a 4-4 record before he was cut from the promotion in 2015 following a loss to Jimmie Rivera in Glasgow, Scotland.

Now, “The Bama Beast” has responded to Menga’s call-out, leading to speculation that the pair could clash on the scheduled ACB: Manchester show in March, 2017.

Following Brimage’s response, Menga gave an exclusive comment to MMA Plus about the potential match-up, explaining the importance a win over Brimage would do for his budding mixed martial arts career.

Menga commented: “The fight with Brimage is very important and all parties involved want to make it happen. He has a good name and reputation so moving up a weight class and beating him would be a big statement and continue to put me up there as one of Europe’s best. It’s not just about career progression though, I think it’s a fun fight for the fans and also something I can take a lot from in terms of my own development as a fighter.”

There is no official word on whether Brimage and Menga will clash next March, but it is looking like a strong possibility the match will get signed.