One guy is seemingly impervious to knockouts. The other guy is a surefire prospect that has stopped every one of his opponents so far. In what is almost guaranteed to be the nastiest and hardest-hitting bout on the UFC 136 card, grinder Joey Beltran (13-5, 3-2 UFC) squares off with the debuting Stipe Miocic (6-0, 0-0 UFC).
Neither fighter is currently ranked at heavyweight on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings. Beltran has won three fights in the UFC, but has lost to both Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione and will need at least a couple of big wins before he'd be considered for the list. This heavyweight fight will be on the preliminary card, which will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Beltran: 29 years old | 6'1" | 75" reach
Miocic: 29 years old | 6'4" | Unknown reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Joey "The Mexicutioner" Beltran entered the UFC as a very-late replacement for Mustapha Al-Turk against Rolles Gracie at UFC 109. Most fans expected Beltran to be quickly submitted, but Rolles gassed horribly and Beltran picked up a second round TKO win. Beating a Gracie gave him a fair amount of recognition, and he continued on from there with a decision victory over Tim Hague at UFC 113. He hit a rough patch, dropping two straight decisions to Matt Mitrione and Pat Barry, but showed a tremendous amount of toughness and heart and split a fight of the night bonus with Mitrione. That heart was on display again at UFC 131 where he went to war with Aaron Rosa and eventually finished him via TKO in the third round.
Stipe Miocic was BE's number 5 heavyweight prospect back in April, and has continued his progression nicely since then. The NCAA Division 1 wrestler and Golden Gloves boxer has won all six of his bouts so far, with 5 coming by KO and one by submission from leg kicks. He is definitely one of the UFC's few legit prospects at heavyweight and his debut against such a tough guy in Beltran should be very interesting.
Why should you care?
A tough-as-nails brawler that's nearly impossible to finish versus a young, athletic boxer-wrestler that's never gone the distance in a fight. I like the matchup, and you should too.
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