On Monday, UFC 159 only had one fight -- the main event of Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen -- announced for the April 27th PPV. As of this writing, we're up to 8. Today the UFC confirmed lightweights Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor and Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros for the event:
UFC 159 additions: heavies Roy Nelson vs. Kongo, TUF Livers Iaquinta vs. Proctor and Khabilov-Hobby Love vs. undefeated Yancy Medeiros— UFC (@ufc) January 31, 2013
Iaquinta was the favorite to win TUF 15, but suffered an upset loss to Michale Chiesa in the June finale. He hasn't had a fight since then, and his last two pro fights are both losses (to Chiesa in the UFC and Pat Audinwood before TUF). Proctor only made it as far as the quarterfinals, but did compete on the finale and knocked out Jeremy Larsen to keep his long-term UFC prospects alive. He did lose to Ramsey Nijem at UFC 155 by unanimous decision, ending his 4 fight winning streak in professional competition.
Khabilov impressed in his debut against Vinc Pichel, essentially "suplexing" his way into a KO win. The Russian is 15-1 in pro MMA and 2 of his 3 KO wins have come via suplex. Medeiros is an undefeated prospect out of Hawai'i who is dropping from middleweight to lightweight following nearly a three-year absence from MMA competition. His last fight was against Gareth Joseph in June 2010, a KO victory for Yancy in the 2nd round.
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