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The UFC 140 undercard kicks off with two men making their UFC debut when John Cholish (7-1) and Mitch Clarke (9-0) step into the cage. It's Cholish who has fought on bigger shows in the past, having scored a win by kneebar on the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva undercard. Both men have finished the vast majority of their opponents to this point in their careers.
How do these two stack up?
Clarke: 26 years old | 5'10"
Cholish: 27 years old | 5'11"
What have these two done recently?
Clarke: W - Eddie Rincon (Dec) | W - Josh Machan (Sub) | W - Brandon MacArthur (Sub)
Cholish: W - Jameel Massouh (Sub) | W - Marc Stevens (Sub) | W - Rich Moskowitz (Sub)
How did these two get here?
Cholish kicked off his pro career in late 2007, picking up a submission loss in just over two minutes. He would not fight in a recorded bout again for almost 15 months. He rattled off seven consecutive wins to get to the big stage, with the last six coming by stoppage. He comes from a wrestling background and uses that as a part of his strong submission game.
Clarke is also a former wrestler turned successful mixed martial artist with a good submission game. With an undefeated 9-0 record, he has won seven fights within the distance. He'll have the advantage at UFC 140 of fighting in front of a "home crowd" being a Canadian.
Why should you care?
Cholish is a legitimate talent who doesn't get talked about much and Clarke is undefeated and could turn out to be a real talent himself. It's the first step in one of these men proving if they can compete at the highest level in the sport.
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