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Booking Roundup: Brookins vs. Yahya, Simpson vs. Markes at UFC on FUEL

(This is where we’d normally make some sort of Geico Caveman reference, but those jokes, like the commercials, have been played out to the point of eye-gouging redundancy. So, uh…beauty and the beast?) 

Though they may not get your engine revving, a couple of sure-to-be-undercard bouts have been booked for the UFC’s debut on FUEL TV, the first of which being a featherweight match-up between grappling wizards Jonathan Brookins and Rani Yahya. After lateral dropping his way through season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter, Brookins recently saw a four fight win streak snapped at the hands of featherweight contender Eric Koch in a three rounder reminiscent of Couture vs. Vera that saw Brookins unable to get Koch to the mat.

Yahya, on the other hand, is likely fighting for his future in the UFC. Just 1-3 in his past four, with the lone win coming against a struggling (and last minute replacement) Mike Brown, we last saw Yahya on the losing end of a unanimous decision to Jose Aldo‘s next challenger, Chad Mendes. Prior to the Brown win, Yahya was outclassed by Takeya Mizugaki in another decision at WEC 48 and TKO’ed by future flyweight champ Joseph Benavidez at WEC 45.

Elsewhere on the card, Aaron Simpson will be looking to improve on the three fight win streak he has quietly built up over the year when he faces Ronny Markes in the Brazilian’s sophomore octagon bout. “A Train” rebounded from the only losing streak of his career (a two-fighter to Chris Leben and Mark Munoz) with three straight unanimous decisions over Mario Miranda, Brad Tavares, and Eric Schafer at UFN 24, UFC 132, and UFC 136, respectively.

Fresh off his own unanimous decision victory over Karlos Vemola in his UFC debut at UFC Live 5, Markes will be looking to derail *snicker* the veteran Simpson, which would be no new task for Markes. In his last fight before being signed by the UFC, Markes outpointed former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho at an IFC event in April. A win over Filho may not be what it used to, but work with me on this one.

Headlined by a welterweight bout between Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez, UFC on Fuel TV is set for February 15th from the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

You know the deal, who takes these, and how?


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hellion64- December 17, 2011 at 9:51 am
somebody get me confirmation from UFC so I can believe I may get to go to these fignts.
NinjaVanish- December 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm
Man Brookins is one ugly dude. He seriously looks like a dungeons and dragons monster. Way too one dimensional to stay in the UFC for long. I'm so glad Koch won that fight, it was bullshit watching Brookins do absolutely nothing and try to get a win just by hugging someone.
fhfghf- December 16, 2011 at 6:47 am
Happy 2012 new year,Merry Christmas ,Christmas top gift
Todd M- December 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm
RwilsonR- December 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm
So not all mix-raced kids turn out like Halle Berry?
parchy mcthirst- December 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm
After laterally*
jizzninja- December 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm
Dude looks like a star wars character
humperdinkal- December 15, 2011 at 11:32 am
@Yazloz18-Rocky with his mom looking into a funhouse mirror
danomite- December 15, 2011 at 10:51 am
DAMNIT Goog beat me to it!
Goog- December 15, 2011 at 10:28 am
Arianny's not that great, but I wouldn't call her a beast.
DangadaDang- December 15, 2011 at 9:39 am
I can't believe I never noticed that. Love that show.
omunto- December 15, 2011 at 9:33 am

That made me laugh so much.
mahlbawlz- December 15, 2011 at 9:33 am
why would markes v simpson be undercards? anyways.

Brookins UD
Markes TKO
Yazloz18- December 15, 2011 at 9:31 am
Rocky Dennis
truthjusticeUSAway- December 15, 2011 at 9:28 am
i love brookins' role on Workaholics but I'm glad he has a fight.
Kid Clam Curtains- December 15, 2011 at 9:10 am
Nobody gets fuel except like 25 million households in the US.
Me likey- December 15, 2011 at 9:10 am
i am so lucky i have fuel. ion too but i think all the programming for ufc has left there as well.
noname- December 15, 2011 at 9:04 am
Nobody gets Fuel so nobody cares.