There are only two bantamweight fights at UFC 156, and both are on Facebook. After the opener of Francisco Rivera vs. Edwin Figueroa is finished, Dustin Kimura (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will fight Chico Camus (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on the evening's preliminary card. Their relative inexperience in the UFC suggests that this is a lower-tier fight, but every up-and-comer has to start at the bottom to make their way towards the top.
This is Camus' 2nd UFC fight, while Kimura is making his promotional debut following an unbeaten run in the regional ranks. You can see these two young 135ers on Facebook at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, and then turn on FX at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT for the rest of the prelims.
How do these two stack up?
Camus: 28 years old | 5'6" | 66" reach
Kimura: 23 years old | 5'7" | Unknown reach
What have these two done recently?
Camus: W - Dustin Pague (UD) | W- Alptekin Ozkilic (UD) | W - Daniel Aguirre (UD)
Kimura: W - Guy Delameau (KO) | W - Damaso Pereira (TKO)| W - Toby Misech (SUB)
How did these two get here?
Camus trains at Roufusport in Wisconsin, where coach Duke Roufus has trained the likes of Anthony Pettis, Ben Askren, and Pascal Krauss. Following a 3 fight win streak in Midwestern regional shows, Camus was signed to fight TUF 14 alum Dustin Pague at UFC 150. Chico used his wrestling to win a decision over Pague to record his first UFC win.
Kimura is a Hawai'i native who unfortunately doesn't have any wins by kimura, so he merely has a fantastic name. He does have six wins by submission, including 4 by some sort of choke. All of his fights have taken place in his home state and he hasn't fought anyone who has competed in UFC, Strikeforce, or Bellator so you could consider him a relative unknown to the public. The UFC obviously scouted him, so now is his chance to make a good opening impression.
Why should you care?
His last name is Kimura! Just the combination of a guy named Chico fighting a guy with the surname Kimura already makes that must-watch ... or must-listen. It's two young bantamweights, and it's a division in need of as many potential contenders as it can get.
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