Generally we break these things down fight-by-fight, but for this event we're going to do one primer for most of the main card. 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 separate primer for the main event.
The main card features bouts in five different weight classes. All of the bout will air live on Fuel TV. The Fuel broadcast will begin at approximately 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Here's a quick rundown of the all the scheduled fights.
Beltran returns to the UFC in a new weight class. He won one bout outside the UFC at 205, and that was enough for him to get the call as a late replacement for Brandon Vera. Te Huna's only UFC loss is to Alexander Gustafsson, and he has finished all three of his wins by KO or TKO. This will be undoubtedly be a slugfest on the feet, with both men having big power and good chins.
Robertson came in as a late replacement for Jon Fitch, and has his hands full with another excellent wrestler. His only other bout in the UFC thus far was a TKO loss to Mike Pierce. Simpson is making his welterweight debut after nine UFC fights at 185. Robertson was a good college wrestler as well, but can't match Simpson's credentials. He should look to try and test Simpson's gas tank, which was a bit thin at 185 and might be even worse at 170.
Carmont, a French fighter who works at Tri-Star in Montreal and is usually cornered by UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, has won his first two bouts in the organization. Vemola, a vaunted 37-time Czech national wrestling champion, started out in the UFC as a heavyweight and has dropped all the way to middleweight over the course of four fights. His middleweight debut was a success, as he knocked off Mike Massenzio by submission. Carmont is well-rounded and dangerous everywhere, while Vemola likes to use brute strength to get things done.
Dillishaw, a Team Alpha Male fighter, was a TUF 14 finalist but lost to John Dodson. He rebounded with a dominating decision win over Walel Watson. Lee dropped his first UFC bout to Chris Cariaso, but came back to submit Norifumi Yamamoto at UFC 144. Dillishaw is a wrestler, while Lee is more of a striker. Classic style clash.
Dos Anjos has had an up-and-down UFC career, but is coming off a dominant first-round submission win over Kamal Shalorus at UFC on Fuel 3 in May. RDA is a replacement for Paul Taylor. Njokuani is coming off his most impressive performance in the UFC where he thoroughly dominated John Makdessi at UFC 145. RDA is well-rounded but his biggest strength is his BJJ game. Njokauni has excellent Muay Thai and would clearly prefer to keep it standing.
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