The only light-heavyweight fight on the card takes place on the FX-aired prelims, as Canada's Ryan Jimmo (16-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) finally makes his UFC debut, against one of the oldest active fighters on the roster, Australia's Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh (13-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC). Jimmo is ranked #19 on the USA Today/MMA Nation consensus rankings, while Perosh is unranked. The FX broadcast features four fights, and airs live coast-to-coast at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
Unlike several of the other preliminary fights, both men are coming off wins. Jimmo is unbeaten in his last 16 professional fights, while Perosh has won 3 straight since returning to 205 lbs. It's an interesting test to see how well Jimmo can handle UFC opposition, particularly a two-time World Jiu-Jitsu Championship medalist, and whether or not Perosh can notch the biggest win of his career.
How do these two stack up?
Jimmo: 30 years old | 6'2" | 73' reach
Perosh: 40 years old | 6'3" | 75' reach
What have these two done recently?
Jimmo: W - Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (UD) | W - Zak Cummings (UD) | W - Dwayne Lewis (TKO)
Perosh: W - Nick Penner (TKO) | W - Cyrille Diabate (SUB) | W - Tom Blackledge (SUB)
How did these two get here?
Karate black belt Ryan Jimmo had a chance to make it to the UFC before, competing on season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter, but he lost his first fight against Antwain Britt and never made the house and never received a contract. Otherwise, Jimmo has been a fixture in the Alberta MMA scene, competing in the Edmonton-based Maximum Fighting Championships. He knocked off UFC veterans Marvin Eastman and Wilson Gouveira on his way to claiming the promotion's light-heavyweight title, with a TKO (doctor stoppage) win over Dwayne Lewis. Jimmo twice defended his belt, including a controversial unanimous decision over Sokoudjou in a turgid fight, where the only interesting "action" was the fact that MFC used the half-point scoring system. He was scheduled to make his UFC debut in January against Karlos Vemola but pulled out due to injury. Now he finally gets his chance to shine on the big stage, and extend his 16 fight win streak.
Anthony Perosh did not compete in professional MMA in his 30s, but competed in international jiu-jitsu competitions since the late 90s. The UFC signed the 3rd degree BJJ black belt in 2006, where he competed at heavyweight against Jeff Monson and Christian Wellisch, but went 0-2 and found himself back on the local circuits. In 2009, he competed in a LHW tournament in Australia's Cage Fighting Championship, advancing to the final where he would lose by KO to fellow UFC fighter James Te-Huna. Perosh made his UFC return in 2010 when he stepped in for the injured Ben Rothwell on a few days notice to take on Mirko Cro-Cop at UFC 110 in Australia. Cro-Cop dominated Perosh and forced a doctor's stoppage. Since then Perosh has been on a tear at his natural 205 lbs weight class, submitting Cyrille Diabate and Tom Blackledge and stopping Nick Penner with punches. Unbelievably, a win on Saturday night would see Perosh with the 3rd longest winning streak in the UFC LHW division, behind Alexander Gustaffson and of course Jon Jones.
Why should you care?
Let's face it, Jimmo is not the most exciting fighter in the world, but he's a top 20 LHW, and with four unranked fighters on the main card, this is probably the 3rd most relevant fight on the card
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