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Booking (Rumor) Roundup: UFC on FX Edition


(NOW we get why Kyle’s friends often refer to him as “The Poke” Noke.) 

After collecting three straight stoppage victories in as many UFC contests, EliteXC and TUF 11 veteran Kyle Noke was quickly building up a reputation as one of the top up-and-comers in the middleweight division. Being one of the few successful Australian fighters to grace the UFC (sorry, Elvis), Noke carried a bit more pressure on his shoulders than the average TUF alum, especially when heading into his UFC Live 5 match against resurgent TUF 3 veteran Ed Herman. Unfortunately Noke (and therefore the Australian MMA community), would fall to a first round heel hook in that fight, placing all Aussie UFC hopes in the hands of a man nicknamed after an animal relative to Africa.

But fret not, ye Fosters enthusiasts, for Noke’s path to redemption will begin in the land from which he was birthed. Yes, “KO” recently announced that he will be taking on Jared Hamman at UFC on FX 2, which goes down at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. Hamman, whom we will forever be in debt to for knocking CB Dolloway out of the UFC, will also be looking to build up a win streak; he was most recently flattened in the first round by Constantinos Philippou at UFC 140. This match has yet to be confirmed by the UFC.

Also rumored for the UFC’s return to Australia will be TUF 5 alum Cole Miller’s featherweight debut, which will pair him against seasoned TUF 14 vet Steve Siler. Fresh off a second round submission of T.J. O’Brien, the 6’1”, Miller was already lanky for a lightweight, but will now be entering Corey Hill territory at 145 pounds. Stay away from the leg kicks is all were saying, Cole. After getting eliminated via a Diego Brandao steamrolling in his run on The Ultimate Fighter 14, Siler rebounded at the TUF 14 Finale with a decision win over Josh Clopton.

And in UFC on FX 1 news, bantamweight prospect Mike Easton will be looking to improve upon his second round TKO over Byron Bloodworth when he takes on WEC vet Ken Stone. Stone, who suffered brutal back-to-back knockouts at the hands of Eddie Wineland (via slam) and Scott Jorgensen (via punches), finally learned what it was like to be the one standing over an unconscious body when he choked out Donny Walker back at UFN 25.

UFC on FX is set to go down on January 20th from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Yours truly will be handling the liveblog duties, so make sure to stop by and inform me of how poor a job I am doing.

-Danga 

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Australian Mantis- January 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm
Elvis is nice but it didnt help his UFC performances, not a good photo of Noke.Hope to see more aussie fighters getting in and mixing it up in the big events. Hector Lombard is an import but we will take him while our local boys keep training to be like him. Long live the Potato!!
Todd M- January 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm
^ I met Elvis last year at the Joe Rogan show and he was a cool dude, shook my hand and we had a chat about the fights, I'm not saying your lying just saying he was cool to me. Which of you Aussie Potatos are going to UFC on FX 2? Let me know if you guys are going and I'll catch up with you at the weigh ins or something.
Giblets- January 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm
@ RwilsonR - He did well back in the day, alot of those fights where only on a few weeks notice and fighting the best at the time like Ortiz/Griffin/Tanner/Sobral/Shamrock. But now MMA is becoming more mainstream down in Oz, people are recognising him and his gym alot more and he has turned into an arrogant prick which he only was partially was 3-4 years ago.

@ Danga - ^ Yeah fuck you Danga! Nah I like you Danga, it's just hard not to get on the Danga hate mail
AussieJosh- January 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm
No one in Australia drinks fosters. You cant even find it at most bottle shops. We just send that crap to europe and the states. Its almost as bad as Budwiser.

Did you forget about Sots Danga?

Did you also forget about Mark Hunts fighting History? He lives in Australia most of the year.....

Hector Lombard Australian citizen.....

Check your self before you wreck your self, Big dicks in your ass is bad for your health!
RwilsonR- January 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm
@ Giblets - I know he's not the most successful fighter around, but I've never heard anyone say anything bad about Sinosic as a person (until now, I guess). Most people talk about what a gentleman he is. I've met him twice at fights (both times after he got his face smashed in) and he was a really nice guy. I can't say much about his gym, though...
Giblets- January 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm
Elvis Sinsonac is the biggest Tool in Australia, he is worse then Fosters and his gym is a rip off.
Coneblazer- January 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm
Nobody in Aust likes Fosters (its fizzy f'n wine). SOTs should coach Noke to 'kick' out of a heel hook....maybe Herman in the new Palhares.
AndyInflammatory- January 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm
you're right there. Mainly because we have so many Greeks.

who cares though - I'm on all their backs like a heroin monkey.
Kid Clam Curtains- January 3, 2012 at 10:03 am
I'd say Sotiropoulos is a much bigger name in the Australian mma community than perosh or noke.
ThePeoplesTroll- January 3, 2012 at 9:17 am
Siler is going to get shit stomped.
and i feel bad for massenzio as he will likely lose a limb.
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