Tonight marks the first night for Fox Sports 1, and with that comes a new home for live UFC programming. This is an excellent card on paper and there are plenty of intriguing fights from top to bottom. It's the UFC's first trip to Boston since 2010, when Frankie Edgar beat B.J. Penn to retain his lightweight title. There's no title fight this time around but overall it's a much better card than UFC 118.
For one night only the preliminary card will be split between Fox Sports 1 and Facebook. There are three Facebook fights, which includes two all-TUF affairs, followed by four great prelim bouts on FS1. The Facebook portion of the preliminary card starts at 4:30 ET/1:30 PM PT, and then the remainder of the prelims and the whole of the main card air live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 6 PM ET/3 PM PT.
Nijem advanced to the finals of TUF 13 as a welterweight, but Tony Ferguson knocked him out in just one round. The 25-year-old prospect rattled off wins in his next 3 fights to set up a key fight with fellow prospect Myles Jury at UFC on Fox 7. Unfortunately, Nijem's past tendencies to get reckless on the feet caught up with him, and Jury knocked him out cold in the 2nd round.
Vick made his way onto the TUF: Live season by defeating Dakota Cochrane in the qualifying round. He then took out Daron Cruickshank and Joe Proctor on his way to the semifinals, where his run ended at the hands of Michael Chiesa. Because of the KO loss to Chiesa, in the "live" format he couldn't fight on the finale, and after recovering from a long-term injury he's finally ready to make his UFC debut.
"OSP" didn't get off to the greatest of UFC starts even in victory. While he did beat Gian Villante at UFC 159, he didn't put in a quality showing and the fight was stopped early in the 3rd round after an accidental eye-poke forced a technical decision. Nevertheless, he's won 10 out of his last 11, with the lone defeat coming against Gegard Mousasi in Strikeforce. The former Tennessee college football player was successful in Strikeforce and also holds a win over former UFC middleweight Jason Day.
Gamburyan made it all the way to the TUF 5 finals against Nate Diaz, but an unfortunate shoulder injury gave Diaz the victory. After an unsuccessful post-TUF UFC run, he dropped to featherweight and signed with the WEC. It's there where Gamburyan found a career resurgence, winning 3 straight, including a KO of former champion Mike Brown, en route to an ultimately unsuccessful title fight against Jose Aldo. His return to the UFC has not been a good one, losing decisions to Tyson Griffin and Diego Nunes before sending Michihiro Omigawa out of the UFC last August. Injuries have twice delayed his return, but thankfully he's healthy enough to compete tonight.
Miller is a long time veteran of the UFC, with the bulk of his career taking place at lightweight. But the TUF 5 alum dropped to featherweight last year and has had a rough go at it thus far. He lost consecutive fights to Steven Siler and Nam Phan, and his job was in jeopardy heading into the TUF 17 Finale bout against Bart Palaszewski. Fortunately for Miller, he submitted Palaszewski to get his first win at featherweight.