Jonathan Brookins: Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
The UFC's first live event on Fuel TV is just two months away, and the card is now starting to come together. UFC.com announced two more additions to the February 15th card in Omaha, Nebraska last night, with Jonathan Brookins facing Rani Yahya in a featherweight bout, and Aaron Simpson and Ronny Markes meeting in middleweight action:
Added to UFC on FUEL 1: Aaron Simpson vs. Ronny Markes at middleweight; Jonathan Brookins vs. Rani Yayha at feathwerweight
Brookins and Yahya are both known for their grappling skills, but the American, who won season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter, is known for his wrestling chops, while Yahya is known as a standout Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Both men are looking to get back in the win column, with Brookins getting battered and outmuscled by the highly-skilled Erik Koch back in September, while Yahya also dropped a decision to #1 contender, Chad Mendes, in August.
Simpson, the highly-decorated wrestler at Arizona State, has quietly put together a three-fight winning streak in 2011, with consecutive wins over Mario Miranda, Brad Tavares, and Eric Schafer. Although his style has been criticized as "dull" in recent fights, Simpson has certainly been making improvements to the more reckless style that got him the only two losses of his career. Markes is one of the many excellent prospects to emerge from Brazil's Nova Uniao camp, and although he made a successful debut at light heavyweight, thoroughly dismantling Karlos Vemola, he's decided to drop to 185 lbs for this bout.
The card for UFC on Fuel 1 now includes:
-Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger
-Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman
-Jonathan Brookins vs. Rani Yahya
-Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson