UFC 159 fight card primer: Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The Bloody Elbow team previews all 11 fights from tonight's UFC 159 PPV in New Jersey, including the curtain raiser between featherweights Steven Siler and Kurt Holobaugh.

Featherweights Steven Siler (21-10 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Kurt Holobaugh (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will open tonight's UFC 159 preliminary card. Both men are coming off tough defeats against solid competition, although Holobaugh's came at 155 lbs.

Holobaugh is in for the injured Jim Hettes, who once again is forced to pull out of a fight with Siler due to injury. The Facebook stream for the prelims starts at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, then the FX portion of the card commences at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

How do these two stack up?

Siler: 26 years old | 5'11" | 70" reach
Holobaugh: 26 years old | 5'10" | 70" reach

What have these two done lately?

Siler: L - Darren Elkins (UD) | W - Joey Gambino (SUB) | W - Cole Miller (UD)
Holobaugh: L - Pat Healy (UD) | W- Wesley Dunlap (KO) | W - Wellington Brito (TKO)

How did these two get here?

Steven Siler was part of a talented TUF 14 cast, but unfortunately for him he was on the wrong end of a brutal flying knee KO by Diego Brandao. He was still given a UFC contract and managed 3 straight victories, including an upset win over veteran Cole Miller. At UFC 154 his winning streak came to an end at the hands of Darren Elkins, who was able to control him throughout the fight to earn a unanimous decision.

Holobaugh was picked up by Zuffa to replace Jorge Masvidal against Pat Healy at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine. He was predictably a major underdog against a solid top 15 lightweight in Healy, but Kurt performed impressively in defeat and earned a UFC contract. The Louisiana native is making his featherweight debut tonight, and he'll look to beat Siler with his wrestling skills and decent punching power.

Why should you care?

This has the potential to be an exciting matchup and it's a chance to see what Holobaugh can do after his performance against Healy.

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