Five More Bouts Official for UFC 126
Another five bouts were added to the line-up of UFC 126. UFC 126 features a title fight between champion Anderson Silva and top challenger Vitor Belfort.
FightingInsider reported the fights though a featherweight matchup between Team Alpha Male fighter Chad Mendes and Japanese import Michihiro Omigawa had not yet been tied down to specific date on initial reports.
The Mendes vs. Omigawa matchup is in the preliminary card of UFC 126, also included are bouts of Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor, Demetrious Johnson vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson.
A previously reported fight between Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Eduardo Rocha is slated for the evening’s main card.
Omigawa (12-8-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) signed with the UFC in 2007 and suffered decision losses to fellow lightweights Matt Wiman and Thiago Tavares. He has now won eight of his past nine fights. The only loss in his career came in the finale of Sengoku’s 2009 featherweight grand prix. He suffered a split-decision defeat to Masanori Kanehara. But he’s rebounded with recent wins over the likes of Hatsu Hioki, Hiroyuki Takaya and Micah Miller.
Mendes (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), heads to the UFC following the WEC’s merger with its sister promotion. Mendes is undefeated since his pro MMA debut in 2008. With his WEC career, he’s earned decision wins over Erik Koch, Cub Swanson and Javier Vazquez and a submission victory over Anthony Morrison.
Taylor (10-6-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) is fresh off from a battle with Sam Stout at this past month’s UFC 121 event. The fight was Taylor’s first time as a lightweight after serving the bulk of his MMA career at welterweight. While Taylor’s octagon record stands at a meager 3-5, his aggressive style has three times won him “Fight of the Night” honors.
Ruediger (17-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC), is back after a groin injury forced him to withdraw from a fight with Paul Kelly, at UFC 123. Before that injury, the veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 5″ he took on “TUF 5″ rival Joe Lauzon and was tapped out in a little more than two minutes. The setback snapped a six-fight win streak in regional competition.
Johnson (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), posted a 6-0 pro record and signed with the WEC earlier this year. He then met an unfortunate decision loss to Brad Pickett at WEC 48. But, he has earned a decision win over Nick Pace at WEC 51 and a submission win over Damacio Page at WEC 52. Seven of his eight wins now have come via stoppage.
Yamamoto (18-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), competed at 145 pounds despite it being his walking-around weight. After opening his career with a 17-1 mark, he had suffered DREAM losses to Joe Warren (split decision) and Masanori Kanehara (unanimous decision). However, he rebounded with a first-round knockout of unheralded Federico Lopez at DREAM.14.
Pierce (13-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) returns to action after a substantial layoff from the octagon despite going 3-1 in the neck-deep 170-pound division. Pierce did his best to talk his way into an exciting fight with Thiago Alves by criticizing the one-time contender’s losing effort against Jon Fitch at UFC 117.
Robertson (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), is looking to make his first impression after he was forced to withdraw from a debut against Pascal Krauss at this past month’s UFC 122 event.
Ellenberger (23-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in March dispatched hot prospect John Howard with a fearsome attack of ground and pound when they faced off at UFC on Versus 2. The 25-year-old made his debut at UFC Fight Night 19 after an impressive stretch on the regional circuit and lost a razor-thin split decision to former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit.
Rocha (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), is more than a month removed from an impressive octagon debut in which he submitted “The Ultimate Fighter 11″ runner-up Kris McCray with a kneebar at UFC 122View Article Source »