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Paul Taylor (10-6, 1 NC, 3-5 UFC) meets Gabe Ruediger (17-6, 0-2 UFC) in what will surely be the last UFC fight for one of these lightweights. It will be on the untelevised undercard of UFC 126. It's worth noting that two of Taylor's UFC losses were razor-thin split decisions that many observers thought he won.
How do these guys stack up?
Taylor: 31 years old, 6'0",
Ruediger: 33 years old, 5'10"
What have they done lately?
Taylor: L - Stout (Split Decision), L - Hathaway (Unanimous Decision), W - Sobotta (Unanimous Decision)
Ruediger: L - Lauzon (Submission), W - Lavato (TKO), W - Robinson (Submission)
How did these guys get here?
Paul Taylor has been in the UFC since 2007 despite his losing record for two reasons: he's British and he puts on exciting fights.
Gabe Ruediger lost his UFC debut to Melvin Guillard in 2006 via a spectacularly painful punch to the body. He went on to embarrass himself on The Ultimate Fighter by failing to make weight for his bout after eating cake for the cameras. Most recently he got smoked by cast mate Joe Lauzon at UFC 118. He took that fight on short notice so he's getting another chance tonight.
Why should you care?
One of these guys will be ending his UFC career tonight.