UFC 140 Fight Card Primer: Jared Hamman vs. Constantinos Philppou

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) Middleweight opponents Jared Hamman and Constantinos Philippou face off after weighing in during the UFC 140 Official Weigh-in at the Air Canada Centre on December 9, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

At UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida, Jared Hamman (13-3; 2-2 UFC) fights Constantinos Philippou (8-2, 1 NC; 1-1 UFC). This Middleweight fight is third of four to air as part of the ION prelims. Neither man is currently ranked in the USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings. The prelims air for the first time on ION (not Spike) starting Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

This Middleweight contest is an interesting clash. Both Hamman and Philippou came into the UFC with solid credentials and impressive records, but each has had a bit of trouble getting his footing in the Octagon. They now sport matching .500 records in the UFC. This is a chance for one of them to take a nice step forward.

How do these two stack up?

Hamman: 29 years old | 6'3" | 75" reach
Philippou: 32 years old | 5'11" | 73" reach

What have these two done recently?

Hamman: W - C.B. Dollaway (TKO) | L - Kyle Kingsbury (UD) | W - Rodney Wallace (UD)
Philippou: W - Jorge Rivera (SD) | L - Nick Catone (UD) | W - Uriah Hall (Maj Dec)

How did these two get here?

Jared Hamman made a name for himself on the regional level fighting in California. There, he put together a very nice 11-1 record (and that 1 loss was questionable) in organizations like Strikeforce and EliteXC. He got the call up to the UFC in 2008, but has spent much of the past 3 years on the sidelines. After going 1-2 in the UFC Light Heavyweight division, he dropped down to Middleweight, and immediately picked up a big win over CB Dollaway. I've been a fan of Hamman for awhile, and he has a world of potential, especially at Middleweight.

Philippou also came to the UFC with just 1 loss. He started in New Jersey, fighting for Ring of Combat, before moving up to the UFC earlier this year. He's 1-1, and coming off a win over Jorge Rivera at UFC 133. That win came via split decision, and wasn't the prettiest victory ever, but it got the job done. Philippou trains with Matt Serra and his team.

Why should you care?

Both of these fighters have potentially strong futures in the UFC, and both are capable of exciting fights, with Hamman earning Fight of the Night honors in his last two outings. This is not only a relevant fight in the division, it's also a sleeper contender to take home that bonus once again.

More UFC 140 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

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