The opening bout of the UFC 148 card is a do-or-die matchup for both. These lightweights are both coming off losses, and desperately need to turn things around if they hope to stay in the organization. Rafaello Oliveira (14-5, 1-4 UFC) meets Yoislandy Izquierdo (6-1, 0-1 UFC)
Neither man is ranked at lightweight in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings,and neither is going to get any consideration with a win here either. Izquierdo was seen as a quality prospect when he came into the UFC though, so a win here might get him some attention at least. This lightweight UFC 148 bout is the first fight on the card, and will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Oliveira: 30 years old | 5'8" | 71.5"reach
Izquierdo: 28 years old | 5'10" | 72.5 reach
What have these two done recently?
Oliveira: L - Yves Edwards (TKO) | L - Gleison Tibau (SUB) | W - Ryan Bixler (TKO)
Izquierdo: L - Reza Madadi (SUB) | W - Patrick Cenoble (TKO) | W - Chris Garcia (TKO)
How did these two get here?
This is Oliveira's second go-around with the UFC. He was cut in early 2010 after a 1-2 stint in the organization, with decision losses to Nik Lentz and Andre Winner sandwiching a decision win over John Gunderson. Four straight wins got him re-signed, but he hasn't done much better this time around in the organization, getting finished by Yves Edwards and Gleison Tibau. This might be his last opportunity in the big show.
Yoislandy "Cuba" Izquierdo picked up six straight wins in the southeast regional scene to earn a shot in the big time at UFC on Fuel 2 against Reza Madadi. He showed off some good striking, but was unable to deal with Madadi's relentless takedowns and got submitted in the second round. He's a karate and san shou fighter by trade.
Why should you care?
Two guys fighting for their UFC lives usually bring it. That's all I got.
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