The action kicks off with a featherweight duel as Darren Elkins (11-2-0) does battle with Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1). Darren Elkins has split his two UFC fights, losing to Duane Ludwig and suffering a defeat to Charles Oliveira. Michihiro Omigawa is currently winless in the UFC, suffering a defeat to Chad Mendes by unanimous decision at UFC 126. Darren Elkins will improve to a winning record in the UFC as he outwrestles Michihiro Omigawa to a decision victory.
A pair of heavyweights are set to clash next as Joey â€œThe Mexicutionerâ€ Beltran (12-5-0) faces off with Aaron Rosa (16-3-0). Joey Beltran is riding a two fight losing streak into the fight, with a notable defeat to Pat Barry at UFC Fights For The Troops III. Aaron Rosa enters the fight riding a four fight winning streak, which includes a victory over Strikeforce veteran Devin Cole. This could be the last stand of â€œThe Mexicutionerâ€ as Aaron Rosa will be earning the victory on Saturday Night.
Another pair of featherweights are set to go to war next as Dustin â€œThe Diamondâ€ Poirier (9-1-0) faces Jason â€œShotgunâ€ Young (8-3-0). Dustin Poirier played spoiler in his UFC debut at UFC 125, defeating then top ranked featherweight Josh Grispi by unanimous decision. Jason Young spent a good portion of his career in the Cage Rage promotion, winning four of five fights in that company. This should be an entertaining slugfest, with Dustin Poirier picking up his second straight win in the UFC.
Middleweights will be stepping into the octagon next as James Head (7-1-0) goes to war with Nick â€œThe Promiseâ€ Ring (11-0-0). James Head makes his UFC debut after scoring the biggest win of his MMA career, defeating UFC veteran Gerald Harris at Xtreme Fight Night. Nick Ring made a successful UFC debut at UFC 127 when he defeated Riki Fukuda via a controversial unanimous decision. This is a battle of two top rated prospects, but it will be Nick Ring keeping his undefeated streak alive on Saturday Night.
Headlining the preliminary card is a light heavyweight affair as Mike Massenzio (12-4-0) faces off with Krzystof â€œThe Polish Experimentâ€ Soszynski (25-11-1). Mike Massenzio is taking the fight on one weekâ€™s notice, as he is replacing an injured Igor Pokrajac on Saturday Night. Krzystof Soszynski has won five of seven fights in the UFC, most recently defeating Goran Reljic at UFC 122. Taking the fight on a weeksâ€™ notice is going to wind up hurting Mike Massenzio as Krzystof Soszynski takes the victory.
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