UFC 153 fight card primer: Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bloody Elbow gives you a brief rundown of all of the UFC 153 fights, including this preliminary bout between Cristiano Marcello and Reza Madadi.

The curtain-raiser for UFC 153 takes place in the lightweight division, as Sweden's Reza Madadi (12-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) fights TUF 15 competitor Cristiano Marcello (12-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Neither man is ranked in the SB Nation MMA Consensus Rankings and it would take a string of wins for either of them to even get top 25 consideration. This bout take place on the UFC's official Facebook stream.

Marcello is likely fighting for his UFC career following a dismal showing at the TUF Finale, while Madadi is looking to make it 2 for 2 in his brief stint with the promotion. They both are submission specialists but Madadi is the better striker almost by default. This fight airs at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on the UFC's Facebook page.

How do these two stack up?

Marcello: 34 years old | 5'9"| 72" reach
Madadi: 32 years old | 5'11"| 73" reach

What have these two done recently?

Marcello: L - Sam Sicilia (KO) | W - Oriol Gaset (UD) | W - Freddy Thole (SUB)
Madadi: W - Yoislandy Izquierdo (SUB) | W - Rich Clementi (UD) | W - Carlo Prater (UD)

How did these two get here?

Why should you care?

You shouldn't. Marcello probably doesn't belong in the UFC and Madadi is the favorite in this one for a reason. Just hope for a good fight.

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UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar fight card - Mookie Alexander

UFC 153 betting lines - Tim Burke

UFC 153 Bloody Elbow staff picks and predictions - Tim Burke

Minotauro Nogueira vs. Dave Herman Dissection - Dallas Winston

Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado Dissection - Dallas Winston

Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva Dissection - Dallas Winston

Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado Dissection - Dallas Winston

Demian Maia vs. Rick Story Dissection - Dallas Winston

FX prelim card previews - Fraser Coffeen

Video: UFC 153 weigh-in results

Silva vs. Bonnar through the Cobb vs. Holmes lens - Brent Brookhouse

Can Bonnar make his name against Silva? - Fraser Coffeen

Erick Silva discusses Jon Fitch - Tim Burke

Anderson Silva: 5 signature moves - Jack Slack

Video: Countdown to UFC 153

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