Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ultimate Fight Night 22 Preview

Ultimate Fight Night 22 will be live on Spike TV on September 15, 2010 from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The event will serve as a lead-in for The Ultimate Fighter season 12.

The main event pits two of the top 185 pounders against each other in Nate Marquardt fighting Rousimar Paulhares. Expect Marquardt (19-9) and Palhares (11-2) to be a grinding fight with each fighter looking for dirty boxing, takedowns and submissions. Marquardt is a former King of Pancrase and UFC title contender with wins over Demian Maia, Martin Kampmann, Kazuo Misaki and Dean Lister.

Rousimar Palhares is a BJJ blackbelt and wizard on the ground. Getting caught in a Palhares leg lock can mean bad things for your ACL. Palhares is 4-1 in the UFC with heel hook wins over Tomasz Drwal and Lucio Linhares, an armbar over Ivan Salaverry and decision over Jeremy Horn.

Efrain Escudero (13-1) came in 4 pounds overweight, stating on Twitter that he had hit a wall while trying to make weight. Escudero, the lightweight champion of TUF season 8, is attempting to bounce back from a loss against Evan Dunham. Efrain has wins over Cole Miller, Dan Lauzon and Phillipe Nover.
(Efrain Escudero Pictured)

His opponent, Charles "do Bronx" Oliveira (13-0) is a lightening fast muay thai and BJJ fighter. Oliveira has used his skills to notch a wicked first round armbar over solid wrestler Darren Elkins in his UFC debut. Oliveira has won 3 or 4 MMA tournaments in his native Brazil.

Here are a look at the full line-up of bouts:

Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares
Efrain Escudero vs. Charles Oliveira
Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau
Cole Miller vs. Ross Pearson


John Gunderson vs. Yves Edwards
Jared Hamman vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Dave Branch vs. Tomasz Drwal
Rich Attonito vs. Rafael Natal
David Mitchell vs. Anthony Waldburger
Brian Foster vs. Forrest Petz

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