Tony Ferguson and Michael Johnson stare one another down during the UFC on FOX 3 weigh-ins at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. on May 4, 2012. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
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 few 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 all four of the UFC on Fox 3 main card fights.
The preliminary card features bouts from middleweight all the way down to flyweight. Six of the eight preliminary card fights will air on Fuel TV, with two being streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream will begin at approximately 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, and the Fuel portion of the card will kick off at 5 p.m.ET/2 p.m. PT. Here's a quick rundown of the all the scheduled fights.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 champion vs. The Ultimate Fighter 12 runner-up. Ferguson has looked excellent in the UFC so far, going 3-0 and picking up his last win via decision over the tough veteran Yves Edwards. Johnson has looked a little uneven, going 2-2. His submission defense is his biggest weakness, but Ferguson is more likely to keep it standing either way. This fight is the headliner for the Fuel portion of the card.
Dodson was the bantamweight winner of TUF 14, but immediately made the drop to flyweight and will take on late replacement Elliott instead of original opponent Darren Uyenoyama. Dodson picked up the TUF title with a knockout win over T.J. Dillishaw, and is currently on a three-fight winning streak. Elliott is a midwestern fighter on an eight-fight winning streak. He holds recent wins over Josh Rave and former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver. In the new flyweight division, a fighter might just be a win or two from a title shot so this is vitally important to both men.
Both of these guys are returning to the cage after extended layoffs. Hathaway hasn't fought in 14 months, while Krauss has been out for 17. They were expected to meet at UFC 138, but the bout was delayed due to injuries. Each of them is coming off a win in their last bout - Hathaway defeated Kris McCray by split decision, while Krauss decisioned Mark Scanlon. Hathaway will look to use his wrestling and reach advantage to nullify Krauss' grappling game.
More prelim fights after the jump.
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This will be the first non-tournament flyweight bout in UFC history. Gaudinot was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 14 at bantamweight, but lost in the quarter-finals to Dustin Pague. The bout was voted "fight of the season". Lineker is the former Jungle Fight bantamweight champion and this will be his first bout outside of Brazil (and his first at 125). He is currently on a 13-fight winning streak. He missed weight by one pound for the bout. Lineker is a strong striker with big power, and he'll look to overwhelm Gaudinot as early as possible.
Castillo has been a bit of a surprise in the UFC thus far, going 3-1 after an average WEC run. He's on a two-fight winning streak, with a TKO finish of Shamar Bailey at UFC 139 and a split-decision win over Anthony Njokuani at UFC 141. Cholish is a well-rounded New Jersey native that is currently on a 10-fight winning streak. He won his UFC debut over Mitch Clarke at UFC 140. Castillo holds a wrestling advantage, but Cholish likely holds a submission and standup advantage.
Bermudez was the runner-up at lightweight on TUF 14, losing a war with Diego Brandao by submission at the end of the first round. The top-notch wrestler is currently on a three-fight losing streak. Garza was a TUF 12 contestant who lost his only bout in the WEC but still came over in the merger. He started off his UFC career with two highlight-reel wins, a flying knee KO of Fredson Paixao at the TUF 13 Finale and a flying-triangle sub of Yves Jabouin at UFC 129 that won him a $129,000 sub of the night bonus. He lost his last bout to Dustin Poirier by submission.
It's a battle of Canadian bantamweights. Delorme came in as a late replacement for Johnny Bedford. The TUF 14 contestant lost his only UFC bout to Josh Ferguson. Denis, a veteran of Sengoku, made a huge splash in his UFC debut with a 22-second standing-elbow knockout of Joseph Sandoval at UFC on FX 1. This bout was almost relegated to a dark match, but the UFC gave them a late reprieve and the fight will be shown on Facebook.
Karlos Vemola actually made 185 pounds. I'm as shocked as anyone. Vemola started out at heavyweight in the UFC, losing to Jon Madsen at UFC 116. He dropped to 205 and beat Seth Petruzelli, but was manhandled by Ronny Markes in his next bout and lost by decision. Massenzio is on his second tour with the UFC, and dropped his last bout to Rousimar Palhares at UFC 142. This bout will air on Facebook as well.
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