After nearly not fighting at all, Mike Swick and Jonathan Goulet are now signed to fight each other at UFC Fight Night 11 in September.
We reported yesterday that Chris Leben had backed out of his scheduled bout against Swick at the event and that Swick had caught wind of Goulet’s comments towards him, stating that he didn’t accept the fight involving the two and was scared.
Swick denied the claims and stated that he was never offered a fight against Goulet. Goulet is saying otherwise:
“Ken Pavia, my new manager, called me yesterday and asked me to fight Mike Swick in place of Chris Leben,” Goulet said. “He called me back two hours later and said Mike Swick didn’t accept [the fight], but I don’t think it was Swick [who declined]; I think it was his management.”
Goulet also states that after hearing that Swick apparently turned down the fight, it was David Loiseau who gave him the idea to call Swick out on the internet:
“I called David Loiseau, because we were both excited about the [potential] fight,” Goulet said. “He told me to write some things on Sherdog and other forums, and I did. Mike Swick saw what I wrote and accepted the fight.”
It has been confirmed that the fight will take place at welterweight. Goulet has spent the better part of this year fighting at 185 lbs instead of his natural weight of 170 lbs. This fight will be Swick’s debut at welterweight.
MMA Weekly is reporting that Mike Swick may now take on Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11 in September. The news comes after Swick announced that Chris Leben has pulled out of their scheduled fight via his latest blog on MySpace:
Chris Leben said something about moving down to 170 and the UFC thought it would be a great time to have us fight. I was offered the fight and we accepted it immediately. We even told the UFC that we can do it at whatever weight class; I will give up weight if I have to get it done. So they were going to make our fight the Main Event of Ultimate Fight Night 11 on Spike TV on September 19th. Spike was excited about the fight, the UFC was excited about the fight, the fans were excited about the fight, and most of all, we were excited about the fight. Apparently Leben and his camp wasn’t. After almost a week of waiting for an answer he declined the fight at any weight class.
Swick then went on to talk about Goulet, who created a thread in MMA Weekly’s forums yesterday, stating that Swick refused to fight him:
“Wanted to fight Mike Swick to replace Leben at 170 for the UFC Fight Night in September, but he refused. Is he scared to go to sleep against me? I will beat his ass. I want him.”
Swick caught wind of Goulet’s comments and informed MMA Weekly that he was never offered to fight Goulet, so it would have been impossible to turn him down as an opponent. Swick also stated that he would like to fight Goulet and that a contract has already been sent out in the mail for him to sign.
Since the other opponents we were trying to get an agreement with fell through, why not fight Goulet? I mean he is a good fighter and at least has some juevos. So Jonathan Goulet, let’s see if you can back up all that tough talk. Contract is in the mail, just sign the dotted line and let’s give these fans what they…well, get for free on Spike TV!
News and Notes:
- Our rumors section has been updated once again…
- Be sure to check back later today when we post a brand new Rock the Vote. An updated MMA on Tap Top 10 is also possible.
- Tonight’s episode of BodogFight: Paradise Lost will feature a bout between Tara LaRosa and Shayna Bazsler at 135 lbs.
- UFC Fight Night 11 will air on September 20th and will precede the debut of The Ultimate Fighter 6. The event will take place at the The Palms in Las Vegas. Mike Swick vs Chris Leben and Din Thomas vs Spencer Fisher are two of the rumored bouts for the event.
- Lightweight Jeremy Stephens has been granted a temporary leave of absence by the UFC in order to fight in smaller shows according to UFC Junkie.
- The third season of The Ultimate Fighter is in stores starting today.
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Three big future UFC matchups are being reported by three different sites…
UFC Mania is reporting that Chris Leben may take on Mike Swick in a rematch of their January 2004 bout at WEC 9. Leben won that bout by knockout in the second round and it was the focal point of a good amount of discussion between Leben and Swick during the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Yesterday UFC President Dana White also mentioned the possibility of the bout during a Q&A session with UFC Fight Club members after the UFC 73 weigh-ins. The bout is expected to take place at either UFC 76 or UFC Fight Night 11. No word on whether the fight would take place at welterweight or middleweight.
UFC Junkie is stating that Diego Sanchez and Jon Fitch are expected to meet at UFC 76:
Rising welterweight contender Jon Fitch could put his spotless UFC record on the line with a fight against Diego Sanchez at UFC 76.
Early this morning, a reliable source close to one of the fighters told UFC Junkie that the fight is in the works and expected to take place at UFC 76 on Sept. 22. The bout would be on the main card, and according to our source, may even be billed as a co-main event.
Sherdog got into the announcing of future bouts this morning when they revealed that Marcus Aurelio will make his UFC debut at UFC 74 against Clay Guida. Aurelio signed a four-fight deal with the UFC last month and is widely known for his win over Takanori Gomi at PRIDE Bushido 10. Guida is coming off a pair of close decision losses to Tyson Griffin and Din Thomas respectively.
After losing to Yushin Okami at UFC 69: Shootout, Mike Swick has announced he will be making the drop to welterweight.
From Five Ounces of Pain:
“I plan to fight my next fight at 170. I came in lighter than ever for this one and I think it’s best to drop.”
In a recent interview with MMA Weekly, Matt Lindland was asked about his discussions with the UFC on possibly coming back and challenging Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight title.
What was his answer? I don’t think it’s something that Dana White will be happy to hear…
“There’s a lot on the horizon…I’m going to be the most active free agent out there. I’m not going to sign exclusive deals with any one organization, I just think that’s a bad move right now for any fighter that wants to move his career ahead.
I think you’ve got to have the flexibility to be able to fight in different organizations, and any organization that wants to lock you down for multiple agreements is only looking out for their best interests, and as a fighter you’ve got to look for your own best interests. You’ve got to be able to fight where the fights are. I’ll fight anybody and I’ll fight in any organization that doesn’t want to force somebody to sign long-term contracts.
Yes, we did talk to the UFC about the possibility of me fighting for them as well, and right now it’s not looking like that’s going to come to fruition, but it’s something that I’m definitely interested in exploring in the future months, or maybe even next year, who knows?”
With all of the other middleweight contenders in the UFC booked for fights later this year already, does this mean that Mike Swick is the number one contender?
While browsing the web, I came across an interesting post on a message board. The user was saying that the UFC is wrong in trying to bring in Lindland and that they are continuing to not go after foreign talent. He also said that they were trying to get rid of Silva.
I don’t think that’s the case…
If you haven’t noticed, the amount of foreign talent in the UFC is more than ever before. Granted it isn’t big name international talent like Pride and other organizations sport, it’s foreign guys nonetheless. Bottom line, why don’t they go after the big guys?
Has it occurred to anyone that they might want to develop their own guys inside their own organization? It’s exactly what Pride has done with Fedor, Wanderlei, Barnett, Shogun - They will forever be aligned with the company, bringing the organization a huge amount of recognition for years to come.
In my opinion, the UFC is making a good decision in the long run by signing rising, younger stars and developing them rather than going out and signing every big-name free agent out there.
As for the UFC talking with Lindland about returning - First off they should have never let him go in the first place. He was the number one contender for the title and they let him slip away by refusing to talk about a new contract - that’s why Nate Quarry fought Rich Franklin at UFC 56 - Lindland was supposed to be Franklin’s opponent, not Quarry who was probably the last person who deserved a title shot at that point.
The UFC isn’t trying to get rid of Silva, they are just trying to not make the same mistake twice. Swick isn’t ready for Silva, Dana already knows that, that’s why he wants him to fight at least one more time before he gets a title shot.
However with Lindland currently out of the picture, it seems like Silva’s next fight might be against just another Quarry…
Today Mike Swick made a post on ‘The Underground’ stating that he wants Anderson Silva next and the ball is now in the UFC’s court.
I am getting bombarded with questions about me and Silva. Am I fighting him next? Do I want to? Whats next for me? Who do I want? So just to clear the air…
YES, I DO WANT SILVA AS MY NEXT OPPONENT. I asked Dana at the post-fight press conference and the ball is in their court.
Swick, Rashad and Pulver all came into their fights Saturday night with alot on the line. Swick was battling for a shot at the middleweight title with Loiseau, Rashad was putting his 13-0 record on the line against Jason Lambert while he worked to climb the 205 lb ladder and Jens Pulver was making his UFC return for the first time in 4 years with the reputation of being the only UFC lightweight champion.
Mike “Quick” Swick entered the octagon as the co-main event going up against David Loiseau who was excepted to be Swick’s toughest test to date. Swick knew with a win in this fight he’d solidify himself as the top contender in the UFC middleweight division and he’d likely get the winner of Silva-Franklin.
The fight started fairly slow as both fighters were tentative and showing alot of respect for one another. Swick would attempt to come in with quick hard combinations but Loiseau constantly did a good job of blocking them. Unfortunately for Loiseau he still looked a little gunshy which may have been a result of the beating he took from Franklin. Swick was the only fighter mounting any offense as Loiseau just sat back and waited for an opening. Loiseau only threw about two punches but they were very hard and they backed up the AKA fighter. Swick was able to earn a takedown and shortly after that Loiseau gave up his back which allow him to return to his feet as the round ended.
Swick came out and did alot of the same in the second round throwing the odd combination and working from his opponents guard. He was able to soften Loiseau up late and open a cut over Loiseau’s left eye. Neither fighter was in any real danger as the round ended on the canvas.
A different David Loiseau walked out for the third round as he knew he was down on the scorecards and he needed to mount some sort of offense. Loiseau started stalking Swick around the cage but Swick wanted nothing to do with it so he took the fight down. Loiseau was able to quickly return to his feet where he started working some excellent punches. Quickly after that “The Crow” started to throw his signature elbows which where really effecting Swick. Loiseau ended up taking the fight to the canvas where he started raining down elbows. Swick knew he couldn’t remain in that position so he desparately tried to return to his feet. Shortly after Swick returned to his feet the bell rang and Swick earned himself a unanimous decision.
With the win Mike Swick has now solidified himself as one of the top contenders in the middleweight division.
Rashad Evans was able to keep his undefeated record intact last night as he TKO’d Jason Lambert partway through the second solidifying himself as a legitimate contender in the 205 pound division.
The first round saw two fresh fighters come out looking to exchange. Rashad looked very light on his feet while his opponent charged forward like a mad bull. Rashad mounted the first offense rushing into the clinch and attempting a takedown which Lambert defended well. Evans was eventually able to pick Lambert up and slam him to the canvas gaining side control. Lambert tried catching Evans with a kimura but he was able to escape as the fight return to the feet. Both guys worked in the clinch again where Evans was able to secure another takedown before the round ended.
Evans easily earned himself the edge in the first round with some excellent slams. Besides the one kimura attempt Lambert did very little as most of his wild shots and takedowns failed.
The second round started the second round with another big takedown where he was eventually able to mount his opponent. From there Evans unleashed a flurry of bombs from the top that knocked his opponent out. “Big” John McCarthy rushed in and stopped the fight giving Rashad Evans the win by KO at 2:22 of the second.
Many people questioned Rashad’s ability to finish coming into this fight but Rashad showed he is the real deal and a true contender in the 205 pound division as he made easy work of Jason Lambert who is a stud at 205.
The biggest shock for me tonight was Jens “Little Evil” Pulver versus Joe Lauzon. Jens Pulver was my lock to win but that all changed when UFC newcomer Joe Lauzon TKO’d his very experienced opponent very early in the first. Lauzon was a 7 to 1 underdog coming into this fight but he came out early and sent a message. Lauzon started his assault by scoring a quick single leg takedown. When the fight returned to the feet moments later Lauzon once again came in and took his opponent to the canvas. Pulver was able to make it back to his feet again but as he was working for the shoot Lauzon came in with a flying knee that missed but he followed that up with a hard left hook that landed right on the button sending a dazed Pulver to the canvas. In a total shocker Joe Lauzon was declared the winner at 48 seconds of the first round.
Here is our preview for UFC 63: Penn vs. Hughes.
Matt Hughes 41-4-0 vs BJ Penn 10-3-1
Mike Swick 11-1-0 vs David Loiseau 15-5-0
Jason Lambert 22-5-0 vs Rashad Evans 9-0-0
Joe Lauzon 12-3-0 vs Jens Pulver 21-6-1
Gabe Ruediger vs Melvin Guillard 38-6-3
Roger Huerta 16-1-1 vs Jason Dent 12-6-0
Mario Neto 9-3-0 vs Eddie Sanchez 7-0-0
Danny Abbadi 2-2-0 vs Jorge Gurgel 12-1-0
David Lee 5-1-0 vs Tyson Griffin 7-0-0
B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes
Welterweight superstars B.J. Penn and Matt Hughes will renew acquaintances come Saturday night when the duo enters the octagon for the second time against one another.
These two fighters last entered the octagon together on January 31st, 2001 at UFC 46 Supernatural. B.J. Penn was coming into the fight as a lightweight fighter jumping up in weight to challenge Hughes for the title. Penn knew it was no easy fight as he was moving into a new weight class and immediately facing the best it had to offer but he’d have it no other way.
Coming into the fight Matt Hughes was heavily favored by the fans to take the fight. With everything going on around him Hughes took the fight lightly with Penn and he didn’t train the way he should have and it showed.
Early in the fight Penn being the dominant striker worked his stand-up game until Hughes decided to shoot in for the takedown. Luckily for Penn he was able to stuff it and gain top position.
From the top Penn was able to land a fight right hand which dazed Hughes and left Penn with a broken hand. From there he took his helpless opponents back and eventually sunk in a tight rear naked choke and forced Hughes to tap out at 4:39 of the first round.
Being crowned the new UFC welterweight champion Penn quickly hopped up off the canvas and kissed his opponent who was on his knees after being choked out. Penn’s victory proved to be one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
That win ended up spelling the end of B.J. Penn in the UFC for a while as he decided that during his downtime between fights he’d take a fight in K-1 while still being under contract with the UFC. Signing with K-1 proved to be a breach of his contract so Dana White and Zuffa quickly took action stripping Penn of his newly earned welterweight title.
Things were really beginning to look bad between the Penn camp and the UFC. Both sides tried their luck by taking legal action but nothing came of it.
Things all took sudden chance on the evening of November 19, 2005 at UFC 56: Full Force. In what was turning out to be a rather uneventful show, UFC president Dana White entered the octagon to make a few announcements for the crowd at hand.
First Dana made it clear that Frank Mir felt he was ready to return and he’d eventually be fighting Andrei Arlovski who was the UFC heavyweight champion at the time. Next Dana White called Ken Shamrock to the octagon and announced that he would be coaching ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 3 and his counterpart would be arch rival Tito Ortiz. Finally White ended his announcement spree off by saying “look at this stud I just signed”. B.J. Penn then walked down the runway accompanied by a shirt that said “World Champion” all while he was hearing his welterweight title he was stripped of at UFC 46.
While Penn was going from the UFC, Matt Hughes worked hard to get his belt back and he eventually regained it at UFC 50: The War of ‘04 against Georges St. Pierre as he submitted him late in the first round.
With all of the drama behind them, both fighters should come in fairly focused and ready for a war.
Here is a little background information on each of the fighters.
UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes sports a mixed martial arts record of 39-4-0 with 13 wins coming by TKO and 18 by submission.
Hughes is an incredibly strong wrestler with a wealth of both wrestling and MMA experience. Hughes has a slew of excellent wins to his name as he has defeated the likes of Frank Trigg, Royce Gracie, Georges St. Pierre, Carlos Newton, Sean Sherk and many more. In his last 19 fights he is 18-1 with his only loss coming to the hands of his opponent Saturday night Mr. B.J. Penn.
Matt Hughes is a constantly evolving fighter who trains with the highly respect Miletich Fighting Systems which is arguably one of the best camps in the world right now. Hughes is surrounded by many former and current champions who know what it takes to be successful. You know that Hughes will be working everything with Team Miletich but his best assets are his brutal ground and pound, excellent takedowns and his ever improving submissions.
Hughes is on a roll right now and you can bet he’ll give Penn one hell of a fight.
Former UFC welterweight champion B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-3-1. His last fight was at UFC 58: Canada vs. USA in which Penn lost a tough decision to Georges St. Pierre.
Penn’s three losses have come to Jens Pulver, Ryoto Machida, and Georges St. Pierre. That right there shows you that Penn is no slouch as all of those fighters are the best of the best. Penn holds victories over Matt Hughes, Caol Uno, Takanori Gomi, Renzo Gracie and more. Penn is always looking for the toughest test possibly and he will have that Saturday.
Penn began training at the age of 17 and by 2000 he earn his blackbelt in BJJ under Andre Pederveiras. Penn has excellent striking skills and knockout power in both hands. Penn is dangerous wherever the fight goes as his striking his exceptional as are his submissions are his is an extremely flexible individual. At times cardio is a question for Penn but coming into this fight he is said to be in excellent shape as he is walking around at about 167 lbs.
When it comes down to picking this fight my heart says Penn and my head says Hughes. I am going to go with my heart and pick B.J. Penn to defeat Hughes for a second time.
Penn and Hughes are both coming into this fight with something to prove. Penn wants to prove that the first fight was the real deal and Hughes is looking to prove it was a fluke and he wants his revenge.
I feel that B.J. Penn is the better striker and grappler. The only department I see Hughes being better is in the wrestling but technique can overcome power.
I feel Penn will come into this fight very focused and he’ll hurt Hughes early and earn either a first or second round stoppage. They longer the fight goes the better it’ll be for Hughes.
If Penn’s cardio is bad Hughes may be able to pull off a sub in the late moments of the fight but otherwise I don’t honestly see Hughes stopping him. The only way I see Hughes winning is by decision.
Also note the neither Jeremy Horn or Pat Miletich will be there to corner/prepare Matt Hughes like they usually do. Miletich will be fighting Gracie at the upcoming IFL event and Horn will be there with him. Whenever Penn is focused he succeeds and I feel he is focused and he’ll pull out the victory.
David Loiseau vs. Mike Swick
The co-main event of the evening will feature UFC middleweight contenders David Loiseau and Mike Swick.
David Loiseau sports a mixed martial arts record of 14-5-0 with 9 of his victories coming by TKO/KO. Loiseau has a UFC record of 4-2 with victories over Evan Tanner, Charles McCarthy, Mark Weir, and Gideon Ray. His two losses were to Jorge Rivera and of course to Rich Franklin in what was a five round war.
Loiseau has very dangerous elbows, punches, and kicks. His hands are extremely quick and coming into this fight he has worked on his ground game training with Dean Lister along with Georges St. Pierre.
Loiseau stays very calm and composed when he is in trouble and he also posesses a huge heart. A perfect example of his heart would be his fight against Rich Franklin.
Coming into this fight Loiseau is coming off of a devastating loss to the hands of UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Loiseau has tons of octagon experience so he should be fine and he is always dangerous with those vicious elbows of his.
Mike Swick sports a mixed martial arts record of 9-1-0 with 5 victories coming by TKO. Swick’s only loss was to the hands of fellow middleweight contender Chris “The Cripple” Leben. Leben was able to drop Swick with a hard left hand back in 2004. Swick is 4-0 in the UFC with his victories coming over Alex Schoenauer, Gideon Ray, Joe Riggs and Steve Vigneault.
Swick trains with the American Kickboxing Academy and in his UFC appearances he has shown that he has good strikes and submissions. His first two fights saw him knock his opponents senseless with quick combos and his last two fights have been impressive submission wins via his patented guillotine choke.
I feel Loiseau is the better striker and Swick is the better grappler. Either way this is going to be one hell of a fight.
Jason Lambert vs. Rashad Evans
Rashad Evans sports a mixed martial arts record of 8-0 and a UFC record of 3-0. Evans’s three UFC victories have come against Brad Imes, Sam Hoger, and Stephan Bonner. All three of the fights went to decision and two of them ended up being spilt decisions in Rashad’s favor.
Evans has a background in wrestling and boxing. He has been spending the majority of his time down in Albuquerque, New Mexico training with Greg Jackson and his crew.
Evans has good strikes but wrestling is really his strong point. He has the ability to dominate and wear his opponents down my slamming them to the canvas time after time. The one problem with Rashad is once the fight hits the canvas he just lays there and prays. So far during his time in the UFC I’d say Rashad has really lacked the killer instinct needed.
Rashad’s opponent Jason Lambert will prove to be his toughest test yet.
Jason Lambert sports a mixed martial arts record of 22-5-0. Fighting out of Apple Valley, California this former heavyweight is 3-0 in the UFC and he is currently on a 8 fight winning streak. Lambert has the tools needed to be successful in the division and contend for a title. Lambert’s three UFC victories have been over Brendan Lee Hinkle, Rob MacDonald and Terry Martin.
Lambert brings alot of experience to the cage and his five losses are to the best the sport has to offer. While fighting at heavyweight Lambert lost to Ruas, Sylvia, Cabbage and most recently Chael Sonnen. None of those guys are pushovers by any means.
Lambert brings good wrestling, ground and pound and submissions into this fight. I feel Lambert my have what it takes to break Rashad’s undefeated streak. If Lambert can overcome Rashad’s dominant wrestling and work his game he should have a good night. Both fighters have loads of heart so it should be interesting.
Jens Pulver vs. Joe Lauzon
Jens “Little Evil” Pulver will make his return to the UFC lightweight division for the first time in nearly 4 years. Pulver left the UFC back in January of 2002 after he successfully defended his lightweight title against B.J. Penn. Pulver and the UFC were having trouble negotiating a new contract so Pulver decided to leave for Japan.
During his time away from the UFC Pulver stayed busy fighting for Pride, Shooto and the IFL. Pulver’s first fight in Pride was against Japanese superstar Takanori Gomi. The fight turned out to be a slugfest and Pulver was eventually dropped. Pulver finished his time is Pride going 2-2.
Pulver returned to the States earlier this year for the first time since leaving the UFC. Pulver was featured in one of the IFL’s superfights where fans saw Pulver make easy work of Cole Escovedo knocking him out in under one minute.
Finally the UFC’s only ever lightweight champion has returned!
Jens Pulver sports a mixed martial arts record of 21-6-1 with 13 of his wins coming by KO. Pulver is 7-0-1 in the UFC and he has beaten the likes of B.J. Penn, Caol Uno, John Lewis and more.
Before leaving the UFC Pulver totally dominated the UFC lightweight division. This lightning fast lightweight is known for his boxing and submission wrestling skills. Pulver is a southpaw who posesses a lethal left hand. Lauzon will have to watch out for Pulver’s vicious liver shots and his knock-out power.
Jens has had some professional boxing experience and when it comes to lightweights you won’t find many fighters better then him. Pulver currently trains with Spencer Fisher, Matt Hughes and all the other guys down at Miletich Fighting Systems.
I don’t know a whole lot of Pulver’s opponent Joe Lauzon. Joe Lauzon sports a mixed martial arts record 13-3-0. Of his 13 wins 11 have come by submission.
The UFC has set this fight up to showcase Jens Pulver to all the new fans seeing as he is the former lightweight champion and he’ll be coaching on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 5.
Melvin Guillard vs. Gabe Ruediger
Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard sports a mixed martial arts record of 20-5-2 and a UFC record of 2-1. Guillard’s two UFC victories game against Marcus Davis and of course his devastating knockout of Rick Davis. Guillard’s only UFC loss came to the hands of the very tough Josh Neer.
Guillard has a background in muay thai and wrestling. Melvin is a very exciting fighter at lightweight and almost reminds me of a mini Kevin Randleman. Whether he wins or loses you can expect to get your moneys worth.
“The Young Assassin” also stared on season two of ‘The Ulimate Fighter’. Fans got to see his extremely cocky attitude which was clearly an attention grabber. After all of his talking Guillard was sent packing in the second week of the show has Josh Burkman beat him in their fight.
Coming into this fight Guillard has been spending his time training with Team Punishment up in Big Bear.
Gabe “Godzilla” Ruediger sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-2-0 with 6 of his victories coming by submission. Ruediger trains at Millenia Jiu-Jitsu with the likes of John Alessio and Javier Vasquez.
Coming into this fight Ruediger has wins over the likes of Olaf Alfonso, Jason Maxwell, and Sam Wells. Ruediger hasn’t really faced any big names and when he did he ended up losing to Hermes Franca early in the first round.
I’ve heard “Godzilla’s” name mention alot so I’m excited to see what he can do in the UFC. Guillard has been talking alot of trash leading into this fight so hopefully things get heated at the weigh-ins.
Roger Huerta vs. Jason Dent
Roger Huerta sports a mixed martial arts record of 14-1-1 with 7 wins coming by knockout. Huerta is currently on a 10 fight winning streak. Huerta’s only loss came to the hands of IFL veteran Ryan Schultz. Huerta holds victories over the likes of Harris Sarmiento, Jake Short and more.
Huerta has a background in wrestling and boxing and he is a student of former UFC middleweight champion Dave “The Warrior” Menne.
Huerta was scheduled to face Hermes Franca at UFC 61 but he was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury.
Huerta’s opponent Jason Dent sports a mixed martial arts record of 12-6-0. Of his 12 victories 9 have been by submission. Huerta was orginally slated to fight Jason Reinhardt but he was forced to pull out leaving Dent as the late replacement.
Dent has a muay thai background and he is currently on a four fight winning streak with his last fight taking place in Icon Sport.
Mario Neto vs. Eddie Sanchez
Mario Neto sports a mixed martial arts record of 9-3-0 with 6 of his victories coming by submission. Neto is on a seven fight winning streak and he has victories over UFC veterans Gary Goodridge and Seth Petruzelli.
Neto is a BJJ blackbelt who trains at the Wolfslair Academy with the likes of Ian Freeman and Michael Bisping.
Neto’s opponent Eddie Sanchez is 5-0 and he is coming into this fight as a late replacement for Gabriel Gonzaga.
David Lee vs. Tyson Griffin
Tyson Griffin sports a mixed martial arts record of 7-0 with 5 of his wins coming by TKO. Griffin usually fights at 145 lbs but he will be jumping up to 155 lbs so he can compete in the UFC.
Griffin trains with David Terrell at the Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance. Griffin holds victories over Urijah Faber and UFC veteran Duane Ludwig. Griffin is currently one of the best lightweights in the world and the UFC made a smart move picking him up.
Griffin’s opponent David Lee sports a mixed martial arts record of 5-1 with all of his victories coming by submission. Lee is a purple belt in BJJ but Griffin should be able to handle him on the ground to earn himself his eighth win.
Jorge Gurgle vs. Danny Abaddi
Jorge Gurgle sports a mixed martial arts record of 9-2 and all of his wins have come by submission. Gurgle is a blackbelt in BJJ and he is part of Team Extreme. Gurgle has spent alot of time preparing for this fight with both Jeremy Horn and Rich Franklin.
When ask his thoughts on his opponent Gurgle said it “It sucks, people ask me who I am fighting and I tell them Danny Abaddi and they start laughing at me.” Gurgle loss his last fight in the UFC to Mark Hominick at UFC Fight Night 5.
Gurgle should make easy work of Danny Abbadi come Saturday nght. Danny Abaddi has a mixed martial arts record of 0-1. Abaddi has good striking skills but he is outclass in this fight.