Generally we break these things down fight-by-fight, but for this event we're going to do one primer for the whole undercard. There are a lot of fighters that you might not immediately recognize, so we'll provide a little background info on each, and break down the matchups a bit. For a much more thorough breakdown of each of these fights, you can check out Dallas Winston's awesome undercard dissections here and here. There will also be primers covering the flyweight tournament and other main card fight, and one for the main event.
The preliminary card features bouts at 145, 170, 185, 205, and heavyweight. The most well-known face fighting early is Cole Miller, a TUF 5 contestant with 10 UFC fights under his belt. There is also smattering of Australian/Kiwi talent (Kyle Noke, James Te Huna, Anthony Perosh) since the event is taking place in Australia. Six of the seven preliminary card fights will air on Fuel TV, with the heavyweight fight leading off things on Facebook. The one Facebook fight will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT, and the Fuel portion of the card will kick off at 6 p.m.ET/3 p.m. PT. Here's quick rundown of the all the scheduled fights.
UFC on FX 2 Preliminary Card Dissections
Te Huna, a native New Zealander who trains in Australia, has picked up wins over Igor Pokrajac and Ricardo Romero (both by TKO), in the UFC, losing just once to Alexander Gustafsson by submission. He has only gone the distance once in 18 fights, and hits very hard. His biggest weakness is likely on the ground. Rosa is a Strikeforce veteran that has floated between heavyweight and light heavyweight. He dropped his first fight in the UFC at heayweight to Joey Beltran by TKO, but rebounded back at 205 by picking up a decision win over Matt Lucas. He'll look to employ his three-inch reach advantage and superior skills on the ground to gain a victory over Te Huna.
Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh is a 39-year-old Aussie with excellent submission skills. He made his UFC debut on short notice at heavyweight against friend Mirko Filipovic, losing by TKO. He rebounded with two straight submission wins over Tom Blackledge and Cyrille Diabate. His standup is average at best, but he'll be looking to take it to the ground right away. Penner is a 31-year-old Canadian making his UFC debut. He's generally a standup fighter, but has a purple belt in BJJ. He is currently on an eight-fight win streak.
Cole "Magrinho" Miller was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5 and has been in the UFC for almost five years now. Known for his grappling, Miller has picked up three submission of the night bonuses in his UFC tenure. He will make his UFC featherweight debut (he fought at 145 before entering the UFC) in this bout. Siler was a contestant on TUF 14, and is best known for submitting Cole's brother Micah Miller to get into the house. He made the semi-finals, but was eliminated by eventual winner Diego Brandao. Siler won his only UFC fight to date over Josh Clopton by unanimous decision. Both guys are very tall for 145, and this should be a good grappling match.
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Noke is an Australian who trains with Greg Jackson's team in Albuquerque. He has a well-rounded game, which can be seen by the variety of finishes he has employed in his three UFC wins thus far. The southpaw prefers to use an outside boxing game, but won't hesitate to take a fight to the ground if necessary. Craig is a highly-touted UFC rookie that is coming off a win over Bellator veteran Eric Schambari. The Houston-based fighter is a purple belt in BJJ and similarly well-rounded, so it should be a good fight. Craig is a late replacement for Jared Hamman.
the 23-year-old Waldburger is a former Shark Fights welterweight champion who made his UFC debut in late 2010. He has won two of his three UFC bouts so far, only falling to Johny Hendricks by TKO. He's a brown belt in BJJ, and 11 of his 14 wins have come via submission. Hecht is a well-rounded fighter with eight stoppages in his 11 wins. He made his UFC debut against Rich Attonito at UFC 140. After losing the first round, he blasted Attonito with elbows and picked up a TKO victory. This bout should be a real style clash and has the makings to be one of the most exciting bouts on the card.
Mackens "Mack Da Menace" Semerzier made a splash in his WEC debut by submitting Wagneey Fabiano, but followed it up with three straight losses. He broke his losing streak in his UFC debut by submitting Alex Cacares. his next bout against Robert Peralta was originally ruled to be a TKO win for Peralta, but an accidental headbutt that the ref missed led the athletic commission to change it to a no contest. He was expected to rematch Peralta here, but Pineda stepped in on late notice when Peralta had to pull out with an injury. Pineda is another Houston-based fighter and longtime competitor for Legacy FC. He won his UFC debut by choke over Pat Schilling, and will look to make it two in a row against the crafty Semerzier.
Thompson is a British former strongman who is making his UFC debut. He is currently on a five-fight winning streak and this will be his first time competing outside of England. He was scheduled to debut at UFC 138 but was forced out with an injury. Shawn "The Savage" Jordan is a Strikeforce and Bellator vet with heavy hands. In his last bout he submitted Lavar Johnson with a keylock in the second round. This should be a war as both guys are known for their hands, so somebody's probably getting knocked out.
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