Saturday’s card is called the tripleheader because we’re supposed to be chuffed that we’re seeing three fights on one show. Oh la de da, a whole two less than normal? Exciting! The good news is the UFC has learned it’s lesson after the first FOX show featured 59 minutes of talking and 1 minute of fighting. If the main card fights go fast, they will jam an undercard fight or two onto the show. This is especially cool because there’s some awesome talent tucked away in the prelims. Checkit:
Evan Dunham – Van Ham. Dunny Boy. The Dun-meister. Maybe if Evan Dunham had one of these totally bitchin’ nicknames it’d be easy to remember how great he is. Alas, a totally bogus loss to Sean Sherk and a quick KO from Melvin Guillard has dropped him out of the contender’s pack and many fans’ memories. Powerful striking, excellent wrestling, and a tricky submission game will get him back in there.
Charles Oliveira – The UFC is a crucible of competition, and if you need proof just look at Charles Oliveira’s 0-2-1 record over the past two years. After a starting streak saw him go 14-0, he dropped quick losses to Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone and blew a one-sided win over Nik Lentz when he hit the guy with an illegal knee. What Charles lacks in wrestling and boxing he makes up for in jiu jitsu and crazy kicks. In another year or two, he could be competing for a belt. For now, he’s being built back up against Strikeforce Challengers import Eric Wisely.
George Roop – I’ve always liked George Roop. I lump him into the same group as Joe Lauzon and Cole Miller: lanky dudes with bad intentions who aren’t about to roll over for anyone. Roop’s record over the past few years looks more checkered than Crocop’s shorts, but it’s hard to ignore his recent success against Josh Grispi and Hatsu Hioki. Hioki came in ranked #2 on many people’s featherweight lists and Roop took the fight to him. The judges messed up and gave the fight to Hioki but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t acknowledge Roop’s performance.
John Olav Einemo – I’m not about to call Einemo the next big thing at HW. But in a division where the lower rung heavyweights often put on plodding wars of attrition, John has shown he’s not afraid to stand and bang. Which is somewhat surprising since he’s famous for his jiujitsu. Win or lose, if he throws out another performance like he did against Dave ‘Pee Wee’ Herman, I’m a fan.
The UFC on FOX 2 prelims can be watched on FUEL TV this Saturday starting at 5PM EST. As always, we’ll have the chat up so drop in and join in on the fun.