This upcoming Saturday, the UFC returns to free television with Fuel TV’s Stefan Struve vs Stipe Miocic. The event will take place in Nottingham, England and will be shown in the United States on a tape delay; however, the five fights on the preliminary card will be shown live on Facebook, starting at 1:30pm ET.
The preliminary card features two featherweight fights – with three other fights at light heavy, middle, and a 175lb catchweight.
The first fight pits featherweight Jason Young (England) against Robbie Peralta (America).
Young, 26, has a 9-5 record (1-2 UFC) with a majority of his victories earn by way of a decision. Regarding his losses, he has never been knocked out despite being finished more often than not. All three of this UFC fights have gone to a decision.
Peralta, 26, sits pretty with a 15-3 (one no contest [head butt] and one win within the UFC) professional record. He has won eleven of his fights by way of a knockout, and has never been beaten out of a fight as well. In his most recent fight, it appeared as if he won via TKO over Mackens Semerzier; however, the result was over turned due to a head butt, and ruled a no contest. No rematch was scheduled. His only victory in the UFC came by way of a decision.
The second fight of the night is the event’s only catch weight bout. It will take place at 175lbs and will feature DaMarques Johnson (America) and Gunnar Nelson (Iceland).
Johnson, 30, is a former cast Ultimate Fighter cast member with a professional record of 16-11 (4-5 UFC). He is a well rounded fighter coming off of two losses at the hands of Mike Swick and John Maguire.
Nelson, 24, is making his UFC debut with a professional record of 9-0-1. Six of his wins have come by way of submission and he has never seen a decision – aside from his first fight. That fight went fifteen minutes and was eventually ruled a draw. He is coming off of four straight submission victories.
Fittingly, the middle fight of the Facebook broadcast will take place at middleweight, as Tom Watson (England) takes on Brad Tavares (America).
Watson, 30, will be making his UFC debut. He has a professional record of 15-4, with seven victories coming by way of knockout. He has also never been knocked out. Watson is riding a three fight win streak and is the current BAMMA middleweight champion.
Tavares, 24, is a former Ultimate Fighter cast member with a professional record of 8-1 (3-1 UFC). His only loss came to Aaron Simpson by way of a unanimous decision. He has finished six of his eight fights, with four coming the way of a knockout. He holds impressive wins over Phil Baroni and Seth Baczynski.
The “co-main event” of the Facebook broadcast features the second, and final, featherweight fight of the night with Andy Ogle (English; exclusive question-and-answer: here) taking on Akira Corassani (Sweden).
Ogle, 23, is a former Ultimate Fighter cast member. He is making his UFC debut. Ogle is 8-1 professionally, with his only loss coming by way of submission. He has a well rounded resume with only three fights won by a decision.
Corassani, 30, is also a former Ultimate Fighter cast member making his UFC debut. He holds a 9-3 professional record with one no contest. All three of his losses have come by way of a knockout, including his most recent fight.
The final fight of the Facebook broadcast pits light heavyweight Kyle Kingsbury (America) against Jimi Manuwa (England).
Kingsbury, 30, is another former Ultimate Fighter cast member with a professional record of 11-4 (4-3 UFC), with one no contest. He is coming off of two straight losses to Glover Teixeira and Stephan Bonnar.
Manuwa, 32, is making his UFC debut with an outstanding professional record of 11-0. Ten of his wins came by way of knockout, with his only other by way of a guillotine choke. He is the UCMMA light heavyweight champion.
– Dave Hilts
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