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UFC 180: Hunt vs. Werdum - Idiot's Guide and Preview to Edgar Garcia vs. Hector Urbina

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3 things you need to know about the PPV's opening bout, pitting gatekeepers Edgar Garcia and Hector Urbina in a welterweight battle that will need to substitute in-cage moxy for on-paper mediocrity.

The amount of people rewatching this fight?
The amount of people rewatching this fight?
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Who They Are

Welterweight Edgar García vs. Héctor Urbina

Urbina is  16-8-1 with 9 KO's and 4 submission victories, while Garcia is 14-3 overall, and 0-2 in the UFC with 7 KO's and 5 submission victories.

3 Things You Should Know

1. Garcia earned his way back into the UFC by going 7-1 since being cut. However, the competition was lacking, as two opponents were 0-1, and another, Jason Anderson, is 12-31 because the athletic commission gods love tragedy.

Garcia's UFC losses, to Demarques Johnson and Brad Blackburn, are kind of emblematic of his career. He's a journeyman who needs specific matchups in order to keep his job. A product of the Arizona Athletic Club, Garcia has always been a solid puncher who happens to be fairly well rounded, but still not dangerous enough to keep a spot as veteran gatekeeper in the UFC. There's no real mystery as to why he was brought back. Sure 7-1 is nice looking, but so is being Mexican.

2. Hector "El Toro" Urbina was on TUF:19, easily one of the all time stinkers when it comes to TUF. It's not Urbina's fault.[/Robin Williams]

It's kind of hard to consider what exactly the UFC is thinking here. Urbina looked awful on TUF against Cathal Pendred. I realize your openers get a little leeway because they're meant to be action fights but even though both fighters have lots of finishes, doesn't mean they match well enough to produce something scintillating even by "low profile action fight" standards.

Then again it's personal for me when it comes to hating Urbina. "El Toro" loses to the superior "El Topo", which is what I always hope his nickname actually says. I'd feel much better about the world if I knew prizefighters are walking around quoting Alejandro Jodorowsky films.

3. Urbina is +160, which is both an awful, and a good bet. Garcia wins this, but not by such a long shot that the judges are incapable of screwing up the decision.

There's not a lot to unpack here. Urbina will lose at range, where Garcia can land good, hard, hooking punches with both hands. However, he's capable of pushing forward for takedowns, and knows how to rack up damage despite not being truly aggressive. This tells me that he's nothing if not adept at leaving himself options: knowing the setup, and whether a punch will turn into a submission opportunity, or if a grappling position will leave his opponent open for assault and battery.

It's hard to predict fights like these, where the competitors have so much to lose. A lot of times matchups like these can be electric: the guys know this is an opportunity, so they throw caution to the wind. Other times, knowing each loss brings them one step closer to that pink slip, and winning can be the only thing that matters, and so we end up with something much more conservative and boring. Let's hope for the former.


Edgar Garcia by TKO, round 1.