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. There will also be a primer covering most of the main card, and a separate one for the main event.
The preliminary card features bouts in five different weight classes. All of the bout will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream will begin at approximately 5:45 p.m. ET/2:45 p.m. PT. Here's a quick rundown of the all the scheduled fights.
Alex Caceres (6-5, 1-3 UFC) vs. Damacio Page (15-7, 0-2 UFC)
Bruce Leroy will look to rebound for a controversial loss to Edwin Figueroa where he lost two points for repeated groin kicks, while Page will be looking to break a three-fight losing streak, two of which came in the UFC. Page brings formidable power to the cage, but Cacares has a big reach advantage and isn't too bad on the ground. Should be an interesting contrast in styles.
Cariaso is making his flyweight debut coming off a close win over Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 144. His only loss in the UFC came to Michael McDonald by split decision. Ferguson was a TUF 14 contestant that dropped his Finale bout to Roland Delorme. A win by either man could see them immediately in the upper tier of a new division, especially Cariaso.
Craig surprised many with a win in his UFC debut over Kyle Noke, though Noke did get hurt in the bout. Natal has picked up two wins in a row after an uneven start to his UFC tenure. Both men are well-rounded and the fight is pretty even on paper.
Guimaraes was the # 2 middleweight prospect in the 2012 BE Scouting Report, and is making his UFC debut at welterweight. He is a former Jungle Fight middleweight champion. Stittgen was on the receiving end of that beautiful head kick by Stephen Thompson in his UFC debut, and was knocked out. Stittgen needs a win to extend his stay in the organization.
Assuncao was knocked out by Erik Koch in his UFC debut, but dropped to bantamweight for his next bout and took a unanimous decision over Johnny Eduardo at UFC 134. He's face off with Tamura, who knocked out Tiequan Zhang to pick up the just the second finish of his MMA career. Tamura is a stifling wrestler with heavy hands, while Assuncao is very well-rounded. This is Tamura's first fight at bantamweight.
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