The 2nd of 4 UFC 160 preliminary card fights on FX takes place between lightweights Colton Smith (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Robert Whittaker (10-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC). It's the first time ever that a US-based TUF winner has fought an international TUF winner.
If we're being realistic, the lack of excitement for this fight is completely justified given how bad TUF 16 turned out. The UFC 160 prelims on FX starts at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT, and after Dana White and Joe Rogan are done yelling at you to order the PPV, watch the PPV broadcast starting at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Smith: 25 years old | 6'0" | 71" reach
Whittaker: 22 years old | 5'11" | 71" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Smith, an active member of the US Army, was given special permission to compete on The Ultimate Fighter. With just 3 pro bouts under his belt, Smith needed to win 4 fights on TUF to advance to the finals, and he did so by decision in all of his wins. He was pitted against Mike Ricci, one of the favorites to win the show, and pulled off the upset by unanimous decision to win TUF 16. His style isn't pretty to watch but it's been effective for him thus far.
Whittaker actually entered TUF: The Smashes (UK vs. Australia) having lost his last pro fight to Jesse Juarez in Cage Fighting Championships, but the Aussie impressed on the show and earned "Knockout of the Season" honors after blasting Luke Newman inside 20 seconds. After knocking out his countryman Xavier Lucas in the semifinals, Whittaker capped off his TUF run by beating Team UK's Bradley Scott in the finals to be crowned the first ever Australian TUF champion. He won the show at welterweight, so tonight he's making his lightweight debut.
Why should you care?
I'm not going to lie, you're not going to care. There's a significant chance this fight turns out to be terrible and I will not tell you to care when I will probably skip this one.