UFC 150 Fight Card Primer: Dennis Bermudez Vs. Tommy Hayden

Dennis Bermudez and Tommy Hayden square off during the UFC 150 weigh-ins at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Photo Credit: Esther Lin of MMAFighting.

The feature fight on the UFC 150 preliminary card is a featherweight showdown between Ultimate Fighter runner-up Dennis Bermudez (8-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Tommy Hayden (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Bermudez recorded his first UFC win last May while Hayden suffered his first career loss in January. Neither man is ranked in the SB Nation MMA Consensus Rankings.

Bermudez is known for his powerful wrestling abilities and is looking to make it two wins on the trot. Hayden is a moderate underdog in this one but he has finished fights both standing and on the ground. It's also Hayden's featherweight debut after spending his entire career at 155 lbs. The FX portion of the prelims airs live at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT before the PPV broadcast commences at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.

How do these two stack up?

Bermudez: 25 years old | 5'6" | 66" reach
Hayden: 26 years old | 5'9" | 72" reach


What have these two done recently?

Bermudez: W - Pablo Garza (UD) | L - Diego Brandao (SUB) | L - Jordan Rinaldi (SUB)
Hayden: L - Fabricio Camoes (SUB) | W - Harry Johnson (SUB) | W - Mike Baskis (DQ)

How did these go get here?

Bermudez actually went into season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter on a two-fight losing streak, but managed to reach the final where he faced Diego Brandao. Unfortunately for him, Brandao recovered from a dramatic knockdown to win via armbar with seconds left in the 1st in one of the best rounds of 2011. Bermudez would stop his professional losing streak with powerful takedowns an impressive decision win over Pablo Garza earlier this May.

Hayden went 8-0 fighting almost exclusively in Indiana and Ohio, with his most notable W against Bermudez's TUF castmate Dustin Neace. His record looked impressive on the surface, but Neace is one of only two fighters with winning records on his resume. Questions about the quality of opposition he faced were soon answered when Fabricio Camoes dominated Hayden in his UFC debut and recorded a slick rear-naked choke. The Cincinnati native now makes his featherweight debut desperate to stay in the UFC with a win.

Why should you care?

There's no spinning this, Hayden doesn't look ready to fight in the UFC. Of course, he could prove me wrong, but this could be another chance for the entertaining Bermudez to showcase his talents.

More UFC 150 coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

SBN coverage of UFC 150

UFC 150: Donald Cerrone Vs. Melvin Guillard Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 150: Jake Shields Vs. Ed Herman Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 150: The Last Stand For Jake Shields - Fraser Coffeen

Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 197: Mark Pavelich, Jared Rosholt, UFC 150 Preview - Matt Bishop

UFC 150 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video And Coverage - Tim Burke

UFC 150: Yushin Okami Vs. Buddy Roberts Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 150 Interview: Ed Herman 'It's Not About Who The Best Guy Is Anymore' - Steph Daniels

UFC 150 Fight Week: Dana White Video Blog Day 1 - Josh Nason

UFC 150: Why Ben Henderson Vs. Frankie Edgar II Is Destined To Disappoint - Fraser Coffeen

UFC 150: Henderson Vs. Edgar Betting Lines - Tim Burke

Video: UFC 150 Open Workout & Pre-Fight Interviews With Ben Henderson, Frankie Edgar - Nate Wilcox

UFC 150: Justin Lawrence Vs. Max Holloway Dissection - Dallas Winston

FREE $100 UFC 150 Kountermove Fantasy Cash Tourney - Steph Daniels

UFC 150 Judo Chop: Out-Striking Frankie Edgar Again - Jack Slack

Video: Complete Countdown To UFC 150 - Nate Wilcox

UFC 150: Preliminary Card Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 150 Interview: Buddy Roberts Talks Opportunity To Face Yushin Okami

Donald Cerrone Calls Out Anthony Pettis - Tim Burke

UFC 150 Fight Card: Henderson Vs. Edgar II - Tim Burke


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