The opening bout of the UFC on Fox card will feature one fighter returning to his natural weight class, and another making his UFC debut. You want to talk about a diet plan? It should be interesting to see how dropping 51 pounds affects a fighter when Aaron Rosa (16-4, 0-1 UFC) meets the debuting Matt Lucas (10-3, 3-2 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout.
Neither fighter is currently ranked on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, which shouldn't come as any shock. Both fighters will be looking for their first UFC win and Rosa didn't even fight at LHW in his debut. This light heavyweight UFC on Fox fight will be on the preliminary card, which will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at approximately 4:45 p.m. ET/1:45 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Rosa: 28 years old | 6'3" | 77" reach Lucas: 37 years old | 6'1" | Unknown reach
What have these two done recently?
Rosa: L - Joey Beltran (TKO) | W - Abe Wagner (SUB) | W - Devin Cole (UD) Lucas: W - Shawn Frye (KO) | W - Jojo Thompson (UD) | W - Shawn Frye (TKO)
How did these two get here?
Aaron Rosa has fought in nearly every organization that is broadcasted on television in North America, but this is just his second shot at the big stage. He has competed at both heavyweight and light heavyweight in the past, and his most high-profile bout before entering the UFC was probably a TKO loss to former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante. In his UFC debut, he engaged in a thoroughly entertaing brawl with Joey Beltran at UFC 131, where he finally succumed in the third round and lost by TKO. He's returning to light heavyweight for this bout.
Matt "Luke Duke" Lucas is a two-time NCAA Division 2 wrestler at Northern Colorado and will be making his UFC debut at the ripe age of 37. He has been a pro for five years and has picked up 14 wins (half of those by TKO), with his only losses coming to Giva Santana (The Arm Collector), and current Bellator fighter Richard Hale. He is currently on a five-fight winning streak.
Why should you care?
If Lucas chooses to engage on the feet, it could be a pretty entertaining slugfest. And other than Mike Whitehead, I've never seen a guy lose 50 pounds in between fights. Could add some interest to the fight, I guess (okay, not really).
More UFC on Fox preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.
In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.