The fall cards are quickly starting to fill up, with two new decent fights announced for the coming months. The first, a confirmed match-up between Anthony Perosh and Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 163 to determine the best of the grapple-centric Light Heavyweights. And the second, a reported bout between newly signed Heavyweights Soa Palelei and Nikita Krylov for UFC 164.
Perosh vs. Magalhaes is an excellent matchup for these two fighters right now. For Perosh it's a return from a long injury layoff after a nasty injury that saw him tear his big toe almost entirely off. His last fight in the UFC resulted in on of the promotion's quickest KOs in it's long history when he was dusted in only 7 seconds by Ryan Jimmo. Fortunately for the "Hippo" Magalhaes will not pose the same threat. He is however, the one fighter at light heavyweight who could potentially sub Aussie.
For Magalhaes this is his bounce back opportunity. He's getting an aged fighter off a long injury layoff who's best chance of winning is in the area Magalhaes excels. And after his terrible fight with Phil Davis, Magalhaes is in desperate need of a highlight. While this fight could turn into another kickboxing stalemate, I have the feeling that Magalhaes will want to prove that he can put someone like Perosh away quickly.
The second fight, which has yet to be confirmed, was reported by FightNewsAustralia.com. Who announced that a bout agreement is in the works to see Soa Palelei make his UFC return at UFC 164 against promotional newcomer Nikita Krylov.
This is an intriguing fight for "The Hulk" as he and Krylov are both striking centric fighters. For Palelei's part he's long been known as a crushingly powerful puncher on the regional circuit. He had one shot in the UFC years ago, which resulted in a 3rd round TKO loss at the hands of Eddie Sanchez, but since then he's gone 10-1 with 7 KO's (and 1 Bob Sapp sighting).
For Krylov this is probably the best possible debut fight for him. The Ukranian "Al Capone" has a fascinating mix of Karate and submission skills, but is something of an unknown when it comes to wrestling. While Palelei will certainly give him all he can handle on the feet he probably wont test Krylov's takedown defense. They're both big fighters, although Palelei will have a weight advantage with his huge frame, so it will be interesting to see if strength is a factor when these two go punch for punch.
All told these are two great matchups that pit fighters who have a lot to prove in the UFC against each other, for an opportunity to carve out a niche in their respective divisions. Check back soon as I'm sure more fight announcements are just around the corner.