After a wildly successful debut on its new home, the UFC is set to move to Wednesday nights on Fox Sports 1, where you'll find a mixture of taped and live weekly programming. The first Wednesday show takes place tonight in Indianapolis, where Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann fight in a rematch of their classic 2009 bout.
Before Condit and Kampmann duke it out once more we have six fights scheduled for the preliminary card. Two of them will be on Facebook while the rest will air live on Fox Sports 2, formerly known as Fuel TV. You can catch all of the prelims starting at 5 PM ET on FB and then 6 PM ET for FS2. There are plenty of good fights on the preliminary card so let's have a look at all of them:
Papy Abedi (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Dylan Andrews (16-4, 1 NC MMA, 1-0 UFC) - Middleweights
Abedi was far from impressive in his first two UFC fights against Thiago Alves and James Head. The Swedish fighter of Congolese descent fought both of those bouts at welterweight and was submitted each time by rear naked choke. He did finally pick up a UFC win with a sluggish split decision win over Besam Yousef. He now moves back to his preferred weight class of middleweight, but he's still under threat of a UFC release with another loss.
Andrews was a semifinalist on TUF 17, having won bonus money for his Fight of the Season win over Luke Barnatt in the quarterfinals. The 33-year-old Australian was finished by Uriah Hall in the semis, but came back strong in the season finale with a TKO of Jimmy Quinlan. His bread and butter is his boxing, with 11 of his 16 wins coming by KO or TKO.
Thatch is a very talented prospect out of Grudge Training Center in Colorado. After dropping his 2nd professional fight, Thatch has won his last 8 fights, all in the 1st round. In fact, 5 of those finishes came in less than one minute. His ability to win whether on the ground or on the feet makes him one to look out for at 170 lbs, and his rear-naked choke win over Mike Rhodes at RFA 7's main event earned him a deserved spot on the UFC's roster.
Edwards competed on season 13 of TUF, losing by KO to Tony Ferguson in the preliminary round. To make matters worse he was beaten by Clay Harvison in the season finale, but was still granted a UFC spot. He defeated Jorge Lopez and lost to John Maguire to close out 2011, but made the most of his single fight in 2012 with a surprising submission win over Josh Neer. Injuries have prevented him from fighting this year but he's all cleared to go against a very credible prospect.
Elkins' move to featherweight back in 2011 proved to be a huge positive. He won his first 5 fights, including a TKO of Antonio Carvalho at UFC 158 to put him right in the thick of the UFC's top 10. On just one month's notice he took on Chad Mendes at UFC on Fox 7, but Mendes' boxing proved too much as he was stopped in just 68 seconds. Elkins is best known for his grinding style and takedowns, and he'll need to stifle Hioki's offensive grappling to get teh victory.
Hioki's decision to pass on a title shot vs. Jose Aldo and instead take one more fight against a featherweight contender appears to have backfired. After the Japanese grappler started out 2-0 in the UFC, including a dominant win over Bart Palaszewski, he suffered an upset loss to Ricardo Lamas and a highly controversial split decision loss to Clay Guida. For now he's out of the title picture and finds himself in desperate need of a win against a grizzled vet in Darren Elkins.
Cummings has fought for Strikeforce, Bellator, and MFC, and earlier this year found himself as part of the TUF 17 cast. A loss to Dylan Andrews in the preliminary round spelled the end of his run on the show, and an injury prevented him from competing on the season finale in April. Professionally, Cummings has won his last two fights at middleweight, and his last loss was at LHW against Ryan Jimmo in 2011. This fight marks his official welterweight debut.
Alloway made it to the quarterfinals of TUF: Australia vs. UK before losing to Bradley Scott. He made a spectacular UFC debut with a front kick KO of Manuel Rodriguez in the season finale last December. His first fight post-TUF was a decision loss to New Jersey prospect Ryan LaFlare at UFC on Fuel 9 in Stockholm, Sweden. Tonight's bout with Cummings marks only the 3rd time in 17 pro fights that Alloway has fought in the United States.
High returned to the UFC after a one-off in 2010 (losing to Charlie Brenneman), and while the KC Bandit was set to fight Ildemar Alcantara, he stepped up on short notice to face the dangerous Erick Silva at UFC on Fuel 10 in Brazil. It took less than a minute for High to tap to Silva's triangle armbar, putting him at 0-2 in the UFC. Once again he comes in as a late replacement, as he's in for Bobby Voelker, who had to take a last minute fight against Robbie Lawler last month. Subtract the Silva loss and High has won his last 7, but all of that could be for naught if he can't get that elusive UFC win.
Head was submitted by Nick Ring in his UFC debut, which prompted a move to welterweight. From there, the Oklahoman picked up to impressive wins over Papy Abedi and Brian Ebersole, the latter came as a shock result given Ebersole's winning streak. The 29-year-old ended 2012 on a low note, as Mike Pyle stopped him with a knee to the head and ground strikes. This is Head's first fight of 2013 after his UFC 159 bout against Nick Catone was canceled due to Catone's hospitalization.
Bowling is best known for his memorable trilogy with Bobby Voelker in Strikeforce, but he ended up losing the series 2-1. After winning his next two fights against unremarkable opposition, Bowling ended his Strikeforce career with a decision loss to Tarec Saffiedine. The striker made his UFC debut against Anthony Njokuani in April, but it ended in disaster as he was KO'd cold in the 2nd round by the Nigerian kickboxer. This is probably Bowling's last chance to stay in the UFC having already lost his last 2 fights under the Zuffa banner.
Trujillo's UFC debut was an impressive smashing of Marcus LeVesseur at UFC on Fox 5 in Seattle. Curiously enough this sparked a major leap in competition as he faced Russian prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 160. Nurmagomedov took Trujillo down repeatedly throughout the fight en route to a lopsided decision victory. Trujillo prefers to use his wrestling to win fights, so we're looking at a stylistic clash heading into the opening bout on Facebook.