By Josh Reese
4 questions about the UFC on Fuel TV 6 card…… The UFC will venture its way in to China or Macau (whatever same thing) the UFC is planning events and TUF in Asia going forward, and having success at this event will go a long way to building long term interest in the area.
Will the Flyweights steal the show? John Lineker (19-6) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6)
Both men are coming off a loss, and in the case of Urushitani he is a fight removed from having a chance to fight for the belt, but was instead KO’d and bounced out of the Flyweight tournament. Lineker is coming of a slugfest with Louis Gaudinot but before the loss he was a winner of 13 in a row. No doubt one of these guys will be talked about after the event.
What will the 2 new guys bring to the UFC? Motonobu Tezuka – Bantamweight (19-4-4) and Hyun Gyu Lim – Welterweight (10-3-1)
Lim on paper is a finisher 9 of his 10 wins coming by way of a stop, and 5 in a row 1st round wins
Tezuka on the other hand has 13 decisions… Doesn’t mean he is boring, it’s just they do things a little different over there…. Including his draws 17 fights have went the whole way (some have only been 2 rounds)
Which Asian fighters have the biggest chance at losing?
Middleweight – Cung Le (8-2) word is Le is injured with a broken foot and will still fight, on top of that he will be facing by far his toughest competition in Rich Franklin (29-6-1NC).
Bantamweight – Motonobu Tezuka (19-4-4) coming in on a short notice replacement, will be facing a tough task with little training.
Flyweight – Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6) if he thought Joseph Benavidez hit hard, he is about to meet another guy with the same hands, hell his nick name is hands of stone.
Who will come back? In the Welterweight bout between Dong Hyun Kim (15-2-1-1NC) vs. Paulo Thiago (14-4) both this guys are coming of sub 1 minute losses and both looked really bad. Both guys are good fighters and will be nice to see which one comes back to from.
The complete line up
Prelim (Facebook 7:15am ET)
Welterweight – Hyun Gyu Lim (10-3-1) vs. David Mitchell (11-2)
Bantamweight – Takeya Mizugaki (15-7-2) vs. Jeff Hougland (10-5)
Middleweight – Riki Fukuda (18-6) vs. Tom DeBlass (7-1)
Flyweight – John Lineker (19-6) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6)
Main Card (Fuel TV 9am ET)
Featherweight – Tiequan Zhang (15-3) vs Jon Tuck (6-0)
Bantamweight – Alex Caceres (7-5) vs. Motonobu Tezuka (19-4-4)
Lightweight – Takanori Gomi (33-8) vs. Mac Danzig (21-9-1)
Welterweight – Dong Hyun Kim (15-2-1-1NC) vs. Paulo Thiago (14-4)
Light Heavyweight – Thiago Silva (14-3) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (12-0)
Middleweight – Rich Franklin (29-6-1NC) vs. Cung Le (8-2)