In what could be a loser-leaves-town match, a TUF 13 veteran will face off with a prospect from the WEC that hasn't impressed in the UFC so far. These guys are two of the tallest lightweights on the roster, and both will be looking for their first win in the organization. Ramsey Nijem (4-2, 0-1 UFC) will face Danny Downes (8-2, 0-1 UFC) in a lightweight bout at UFC 137.
Neither fighter is currently ranked at lightweight on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, and it's going to take a few wins for either to get a sniff at them. Both are pretty young though, so anything is possible. This lightweight UFC 137 fight will be on the preliminary card, which will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at approximately 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Nijem: 23 years old | 5'11" | 74" reach
Downes: 25 years old | 5'11" | 72" reach
What have these two done recently?
Nijem: L - Tony Ferguson (KO) | W - Scott Casey (SUB) | W - Eric Uresk (TKO)
Downes: L - Jeremy Stephens (UD) | W - Taurean Bogguess (SUB) | W - Tiequan Zhang (UD)
How did these two get here?
Ramsey Nijem attended Utah Valley university where he was an NCAA Division 1 wrestler. He was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter 13, where he made it all the way to the finals. Unfortunately he was knocked out by Tony Ferguson in under four minutes. This is his first bout since he competed on the show, and the second lightweight fight of his career.
Danny Downes was considered a solid prospect when he was signed by the WEC in mid-2010. He was 6-0 with five finishes, and was matched up with former IFL lightweight champion Chris Horodecki. Unfortunately for Downes, he was dominated and eventually finished in the third round. He rebounded with a solid win over Tiequan Zhang. After the merger, he took a fight outside the UFC since they hadn't booked him, and survived an early scare to pick up the W. His UFC debut was a lopsided loss to Jeremy Stephens, but he showed a ton of heart by fighting off a brutal kimura and staying in the fight despite taking a hellacious beating. He'll need a win here to stay in the organization though.
Why should you care?
To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure. Downes has a ton of heart and usually gives it his all. And I guess if you liked TUF 13 you might like Nijem. That's about the best I can do.
More UFC 137 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.
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UFC 137 Roundtable: Analyzing Nick Diaz's Chances Against B.J. Penn
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UFC 137: B.J. Penn Not Offended By Nick Diaz At All - Tim Burke
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UFC 137: Donald Cerrone's Unlikely Run May Land Him in Title Contention - Leland Roling
UFC 137: Facebook Card Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137: Dana White Video Blog, Part 1 - Tim Burke
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