There are no UFC fights this week, so the UFC has countered that problem by announcing a truckload of fights for you to get excited about over the next few months. Obviously these preliminary card bouts are not "must-see', but they're definitely good additions to UFC 161. First up is a lightweight fight between longtime UFC veteran Sam Stout and Isaac Vallie-Flagg.
Believe it or not, Stout (19-8-1) is only 28-years-old. The Ontarian recently pulled off a split-decision win over Caros Fodor at UFC 157 in Anaheim. Stout has had 15 of his 28 professional fights in the UFC, and an astounding 13 of those 15 have gone to a decision.
Vallie-Flagg (14-3-1) is 11-0-1 since 2007, and the former Strikeforce fighter made his UFC debut on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, edging out Yves Edwards on the scorecards. The 34-year-old has won his last 3 fights by split-decision.
Pierson (13-6) is another Ontario native who has had a fairly decent run in the UFC. He's won his last two fights over Jake Hecht and Lance Benoist, bringing his UFC record to 3-2. Pierson's two losses have come against top 170ers in Dong Hyun Kim and Jake Ellenberger.
Waldburger (16-7) is just 24 years of age, having competed in pro MMA since he was 17. He holds a 4-2 UFC record, including 2 "Submission of the Night" awards for his wins over Mike Stumpf and Nick Catone. Before he entered the UFC in 2010, Waldburger defeated Strikeforce LW contender Pat Healy in Shark Fights.