UFC 126 Fight Card Primer: Kyle Kingsbury vs Ricardo Romero

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Ricardo Romero (11-1-0, 1-0 UFC) will look to build off of a successful debut when he faces Kyle Kingsbury (9-2, 2-1UFC) who has posted back to back wins of his own. Romero rode a five fight winning streak into the UFC but looked questionable in the opening round against Seth Petruzelli. Romero battled back and ultimately submitted "The Kimbo Killer" in the second round. Kingsbury, who came to the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter, has looked stronger with every performance. In his last outing, the former Arizona State football player bested fellow gridiron alum Jared Hamman to earn the hard fought decision victory. This bout is slated to kick off the un-aired preliminary portion card and both fighters will be looking to further establish themselves in the highly contested light heavyweight division.

How do these guys stack up?

Kingsubry: 28 years old, 6'4", 76" reach
Romero: 32 years old, 6'0", 76" reach

What have they done recently?

Kingsubry: W - Hamman (UD), W - Al-Hassan (SD), L - Lawlor (UD)
Romero: W - Petruzelli (SUB)

How did these guys get here?

Kyle Kingsbury is a member of America Kickboxing Academy (AKA) which is well known for being one of the top gyms in the sport. As a cast member of the 8th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" Kingsbury was defeated by current contender-in-the-making Ryan Bader and was also brought back as a replacement, where he lost to Krzystof Soszynski. Kingsbury was then picked to compete in the show's finale where he was defeated by "Filthy" Tom Lawlor. Despite losing three straight, Kingsbury was given another opportunity and bounced back against Al-Hassan to earn his first victory under the UFC banner.

Ricardo Romero started his career in the Ring of Combat promotion where he eventually tallied an impressive 10-1. He also became a two-divisional champion as he claimed both the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles. Romero boasts a remarkable 94% finish rate as only one of his 12 matches has gone to the judge's cards. Before receiving the call to join the UFC, Romero rattled off five consecutive victories, each ending by way of submission.

Why should you care?

While this matchup takes place in the lower rungs of the most competitive division in MMA, the winner becomes a step closer to establishing themselves. If Kingsbury is able to dispatch the savy Romero it shows his growth since TUF and if Romero shakes off the first round jitters he will draw some attention.

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