Saturday, January 5, 2008

UFC Fight Night 12

Preview by the MMA Blaster

Tonight on Spike at 8:00 pm CST will be the UFC's installment of their 12th Ultimate Fight Night series. Given that their are seven lightwieght contests you tell the division is starting to get crowded and that a 145 pound featherweight division may be needed. Like most MMA fans, I'd much rather see Spike squeeze an extra fight or two because I'm interested to see how some of the undercard plays out.



WW- Josh Burkman (9-4) vs. Mike Swick (10-2)- Mike Swick is making his debut at 170 following his loss to Yushin Okami. Previously, Swick had won five straight at 185. Burkman is 5-2 in the UFC with his last four fights going to decision.

MW- Patrick Côté (11-4) vs. Drew McFedries (6-2)- Côté has won two straight in the UFC and one in the TKO since his loss to Travis Lutter for the TUF 4 title. McFredreis recently KO'd Jordan Radev in 33 seconds, his previous fight saw him losing via a deep arm triangle by Martin Kampmann.

LW- Thiago Tavares (12-1) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (4-5)- Thiago was undefeated before losing a decision to Tyson Griffin in his last bout. Judo master Omigawa lost in his last UFC fight to Matt Wiman.

LW- Nate Diaz (7-2) vs. Alvin Robinson (9-2)- TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz looks to keep the win streak going. His last loss was to Hermes Franca at WEC 24. Robinson beat Jorge Gurgel in his last fight and lost to Kenny Florian previously in his UFC career.


LW- Alberto Crane (8-1) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (10-3)- Both fighters are looking to rebound from losses. Crane last lost to Roger Huerta. Pellegrino last lost to Joe Stevenson.

LW- Gray Maynard (3-0) vs. Dennis Siver (11-4)- Maynard recently KO'd Veres in just 9 seconds following his dual KO no contest with Robert Emerson. Siver recently knocked out Naoyuki Kotani at UFC 75.

LW- Cole Miller (13-2) vs. Jeremy Stephens (12-2)- The tall and limber BJJ specialist Cole Miller has won 4 in a row and 2 in the UFC. Recently he got a win over Leonard Garcia at UFN 11. Stephens has won 2 in a row, one in the UFC and one in the MCC.

LW- Corey Hill (1-0) vs. Joe Veres (4-2)- 6'5" Corey Hill finally makes his debut on the big stage in the UFC. He is a major prospect and Jens Pulver took paid extra attention to him on TUF 5. On the show Hill lost to Nate Diaz after beating Robert Emerson.

LW- Justin Buchholz (7-1) vs. Matt Wiman (8-3)- After losing two straight, Wiman has won two straight in the UFC since his TUF 5 appearance. Buchholz has won four straight in Hawaii taking part in Elite XC, Icon and ROTR promotions. He previously fought in the Alaska Fighting Championship.

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