Don't do a double take, Nandor Guelmino (11-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is now a UFC fighter. The Austrian heavyweight was essentially a gimme opponent for Josh Barnett in Strikeforce, but now he's in the UFC to take on fellow newcomer Daniel Omielanczuk (15-3-1, 1 NC MMA, 0-0 UFC) of Poland.
By virtue of the loss in Strikeforce, it's fairly likely that Guelmino is going to be cut if he loses tonight. Omielanczuk is a submission specialist, so we're probably in for plenty of ground work. The UFC 165 preliminary card streams live on Facebook starting at 6 PM ET/3 PM PT, and continues on Fox Sports 1 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Guelmino: 37 years old | 6'3" | 76" reach
Omielanczuk: 31 years old | 6'0" | Unknown reach
What have these two done recently?
Guelmino: L - Josh Barnett (SUB) | W - Emil Zahariev (UD) | W - Ivo Cuk (TKO)
Omielanczuk: W - David Tkeshelashvili (UD) | W - Tadas Miceika (SUB) | W - Farryh Mamadiev (SUB)
How did these two get here?
Guelmino's only notable opponent in six years of fighting other than Josh Barnett is Semmy Schilt, who knocked him out in 2008. Other than that, it's bee a career of beating up unknown European talent in Germany, Austria, and Slovenia. Josh Barnett's Strikeforce contract had one fight left to fill, and Guelmino was thrust into the North American spotlight in January 2013. He lasted only 2 minutes and 11 seconds before tapping out to an arm-triangle choke. I assume the reward for coming in as a sacrificial lamb is to get the "Strikeforce to UFC" transfer treatment, and he'll get that opportunity for a Zuffa win tonight.
Omielanczuk is in a similar position as far as opponent notoriety. He got off to a slow start in his MMA career, winning just 1 of his first 4 bouts. He's only lost once since then and had a streak of 8 straight wins by submission from late 2011 to November 2012. Omielanczuk is defensively lacking as a striker, but his style is tailored towards grappling from top position, and that's one of Guelmino's biggest weaknesses.
Why should you care?
Oh jeez ... uh ... there's a guy named Nandor on a UFC card? If I'm being completely honest, the maximum value out of this is that Omielanczuk could be a watchable heavyweight prospect, but beyond that a heavyweight fight on Facebook isn't normally something to view.