The 2nd men's bantamweight fight on the UFC 161 preliminary card pits Winnipeg's own Roland Delorme (8-1, 1 NC MMA, 2-0 1 NC UFC) against Edwin Figueroa (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC). Originally scheduled for Facebook streaming, multiple injuries and card shuffling has put them on the FX broadcast.
They're both coming off knockouts to Francisco Rivera, but Delorme's loss was later ruled a no contest after a positive drug test by Rivera. While tt doesn't erase the concussion but it does keep his UFC loss record at 0. Figueroa is making his first trip to Canada and will be looking for a knockout win of his own. The UFC 161 prelims on FX air at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT and lead into the live PPV at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Delorme: 29 years old | 5'9" | 71" reach
Figueroa: 28 years old | 5'8" | 69" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Delorme made it to the quarterfinals of TUF 14, where he was then submitted by T.J. Dillashaw. He won his official UFC debut over Josh Ferguson in December and was lined up to face fellow Canadian Nick Denis at UFC on Fox 3. "Stunning" delivered a stunning victory over the favored Denis, winning by rear naked choke right at the end of the 1st round. While Delorme was knocked out by Francisco Rivera at UFC 149 -- he was dominated, quite frankly -- the result is now a no contest due to Rivera's aforementioned failed drug test. So technically he's still unbeaten in the UFC but it's pretty clear that Delorme needs to tighten up his striking defense from here on out.
Figueroa came in as a last minute replacement for Nick Pace at UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle. The Texan took on Michael McDonald and earned FOTN honors in a unanimous decision loss. His reward for taking such a tough fight on short notice was ending Jason Reinhardt's latest meaningless run in the UFC, which he successfully fulfilled with a 2nd round TKO. Figueroa controversially defeated Alex Caceres at UFC 143 by split decision, having won primarily through the 2 points taken away by Herb Dean after Caceres kicked him in the groin multiple times. He closed out his 2012 with a TKO loss to Francisco Rivera, but Rivera passed his drug test this time around thus no overturn of the result.
Why should you care?
They've generally been fun to watch and there are weaknesses that both men can exploit. Figueroa has a questionable ground game while Delorme's striking defense leaves much to be desired.