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Four Storylines That Are Flying Under the Radar Heading Into UFC Fight Night 19

(This man has several advantages over you in a fight. One is that he has absolutely no concern about what you might do to his pretty face.)

We’ve already covered what might generously be called an ‘enthusiasm gap’ surrounding tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma City, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything worth talking about here.  If our mothers taught us anything, it’s that the best way to deal with a problem is pretend there is no problem, pushing that anger and resentment way down inside until you can blow up over something that’s completely unrelated at a later date.  With that in mind, we bring you some of the note-worthy storylines that are lurking in the sub-text of Wednesday night’s Spike TV event:

1. Is Brock Larson Getting the Shaft, or an Easy Payday?

So let me get this straight.  Brock Larson comes back to the UFC after the WEC dissolves its welterweight division and he beats Jesse Sanders at Fight Night 18, then Mike Pyle at UFC 98, both via first-round submissions, and he gets rewarded with a fight against a UFC rookie on the dark portion of Fight Night 19?  Am I the only one who doesn’t see the logic there?

Look, Mike Pierce seems like a tough guy and all and maybe he can really give Larson a go, but it kind of seems like Larson is getting the CB Dollaway treatment only without turning in CB Dollaway performances.  The guy’s a stone cold ass-kicker who hasn’t lost a fight since 2007.  Come on UFC, give him somebody tough and tested, and put it on TV.  If it means Carlos Condit and Jake Ellenberger get bumped, so be it.  On a related note…

2. Mike Pyle Gets a Chance to Show What He Can Do on a Full Stomach

If you thought Pyle looked out of his league when Larson swarmed all over him at UFC 98, that might have been because he only found out he was getting that fight a few days earlier, and that meant a brutal last-minute weight cut just to get his ticket into the UFC.  Think of that one as a favor from Pyle to Joe Silva.  He cut the weight, nearly passed into the spirit world doing it, then took the late-notice beatdown.  Now he gets a real fight against Chris Wilson, the guy he filled in for back in May, and he gets an actual chance to put on a show.  Pyle has a ton of talent and everyone down at Xtreme Couture knows it.  Now he just needs to find a way to bring it all with him in his second UFC fight, or else there may not be a third.

3. Nate Quarry + Tim Credeur = Fight of the Night

You heard it here first.  The actual monetary award might go to the headlining bout even if it isn’t actually the best fight, and that would be consistent with the UFC’s M.O., but Quarry/Credeur has the makings of the best pure scrap on this card.  Both these dudes are well-rounded, tough guys on the verge of jumping to that next level.  They can both bang, just like they can both take a shot, so this one could turn into a shootout in a hurry. 

If Credeur wins he’s 4-0 since his TUF stint and deserves a shot at someone higher up in the middleweight class, like maybe a Kang or an Akiyama.  If Quarry wins, he might finally generate a highlight that will make them stop playing that horrible KO loss to Rich Franklin.  So you see, both men have a lot to gain here.

4. At Last, Ryan Jensen Gets a Reasonable Opponent in the UFC

One of the reasons Ryan Jensen is at the very bottom of an unspectacular lineup is that he is 0-3 in the UFC.  That sounds pretty bad, but take a look at who the three were: Thales Leites, Demian Maia, and Wilson Gouveia.  He actually looked like he was on his way to beating Gouveia before getting caught in a second-round armbar, but sadly they don’t give you any extra points for that. 

What they do give you, after taking a few losses, is an opponent more in line with your experience level.  Steve Steinbeiss is 4-2 and making his UFC debut, so here’s one that Jensen should actually win.  If he does, maybe he gets a chance to build something without being thrown to the wolves.  If he doesn’t, well, something tells us there’ll be a great yard sale at Jensen’s place when the rent comes due next month.

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Barc- September 16, 2009 at 8:09 am
Why do I do this to myself?...

Give it up has a point. I get so sick of the guys at work calling me "MMA" and asking me when MY next fight is. I haven't even put on a pair of 4 oz cowhides in 2 years. These are the kind of guys who are gonna mix it up. So many of them come up to me and ask about Wahn-der-lay, Tim Sylva, Anderson Silvia, and that one guy who can't fight anymore. Yeah, we know it; because, we have something in us that makes this shit stick... Thousands more can't tell BJ Penn from Gabriel Gonzaga... To them, it's just the guy who's good like Royce Gracie (most of them know how to pronounce that one.) Now, I'm not saying that he's got this bitch nailed down, just that It's possible. Now, bring the hate.
Give It Up- September 16, 2009 at 7:53 am
@ Randle, i know its hard to believe that the only thing you hold onto that shows the rest of the world how much of a "man" you are could also possibly have anything in common with the rest of the real world way of running a business. But you have to grow up sometime.
Randle McMurphy- September 16, 2009 at 6:15 am
@ Give It Up

Are you mildly or severely retarded sir?
william97- September 16, 2009 at 12:23 am
I found a more interesting place________ M y W e a l t h y L o v e * C O M_______It 's where you have the opportunity dreaming about dating a millionaire and make it true!
KillDozer- September 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm
any idea why the fuck I can't vote?
Jubbie- September 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm
I got the Nogs mixed up for a little bit but I mean it takes like 5 seconds to clear up these kind of things. I could see it happening more in music than the UFC.
UFC fan- September 15, 2009 at 8:39 pm
Giveitup that was a nice try but seriously it don't wash. we have so many SILVA's, and silvia's that if people aren't confused with that they sure wont ever get confused with lesner, and larson.
Hamma Fist Elbow Bam-Bam- September 15, 2009 at 8:28 pm
Quarry is gonna knock Credeur the F O. Or who knows, Credeur can take a pretty good shot. But at the least, Quarry will mess up his pretty face. *stifles laughter*
Nippletwist- September 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm
i dont understand why you guys dont like diaz vs. guillard. both of these guys are always exciting. both are young and filled with potential. diaz didnt even really lose to guida so hes really coming off of one loss.

this kind of reminds me of when nates big bro fought robbie lawler back in the day. and nick shocked us by knocking out the big KO puncher. maaybe nate will do the same. or maybe melvin will finally have a 4 fight win streak. and maybe melvin will run out to the ring on cocaine and have a stroke or something and nick will be blazed and flipping everyone off. this is a recipe for an exciting matchup if i've ever seen one, i don't understand what CP doesn't like about it.
Give It Up- September 15, 2009 at 7:08 pm
No its not really terrible, the only thing i did wrong is forget that by asking "hardcore MMA" fans to forget that they know EVERYTHING about MMA for a second is like playing basketball vs a pro and asking him to forget how good he is at basketball. For the majority, the ego is way to big and they are going to dunk on you either way.
dropkick101- September 15, 2009 at 6:58 pm
give it up: give it up. your argument is terrible. casual mma fans, hardcore mma fans, pro wrestling fans, sports fans in general, and the majority of males in the 18-34 range all know who brock lesnar is.

for anyone whose so goddamn stupid that they confuse the two and then cant figure it out, have joe rogan say "strange thing is that brock larson trains with brock lesnar AND has a similar sounding name -- WHAT A COINCIDENCE!"

the reason larson isnt on the main card is that there are only so many spots. contenders and TUF alum on win streaks get the spot. it has nothing to do with his name. if he wins this won, hes practically guaranteed a main card fight against someone much higher on the totem pole.
Give It Up- September 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm
i know what you are trying to say but they are both house hold names, i could ask anyone in america to tell me the difference between michael jackson and michael jordan and then tell me a little bit about each one. parents and grandparents all the way down to elementary school children could easily do that with both of these people. Brock Lesnar is hardly a household name let alone Brock Larson.

They are trying to make Brock Lesnar a household name, and with MMA being still pretty far from mainstream, bringing a fighter into the spotlight with a very similar name is going to make that hard.
axhed- September 15, 2009 at 6:46 pm
dude who could have ever foreseen the drug-induced death of michael jordan?
Give It Up- September 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm
I asked about this about a month ago in the question section of the forum, it sounds ridiculous, but Brock Larson sound terribly familiar to Brock Lesnar. Like i said, it sound like a horrible and almost comical reason for him getting such little credit for doing what he has done. But pretend, just for a minute, you don't know EVERYTHING about MMA. Call yourself, for lack of a better word, a "casual fan." You love watching guys get beat up and you heard about this monster named Brock that just runs through guys because of his size and agility.
So you hear from an ad that Brock Larson is fighting. Of course your going to assume its that "Brock Something" you heard about and tune in only to be disappointed by not seeing a massive cartoon like creature destroying people.

i know, i know, im going to get shit for this. but im sure they are trying to keep him out of the spotlight as much as possible. I knew of this girl who was becoming a famous pop singer, and her first name was Britney something, but at this time Britney Spears was really popular so they actually made the girl change her name to something else. and trust me, i know this is MMA, not battle of the pop stars, but thats exactly why it would be an embarrassment to ask a dude to change his name because it could cause mix ups in the advertising division of a fighting organization, so thats probably why they avoid all the MTV like drama and just keep him to the side until he can no longer be ignored.

In the end it doesnt matter if its Pop music, MMA, or a soft drink, its all about marketing and the ability to market something by itself. im not expecting anyone to agree with me but i bet by the time Larson becomes a spotlight fighter, he will have a strong nickname that they use more dominately then his actually name.
Koeikan- September 15, 2009 at 6:27 pm
I'd rather see the Condit much as I would like them to air the Larson fight.
Bob Reilly- September 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm
You should see what sherdog wrote about credeur today. They said he was Junk! I like him.
Shagen- September 15, 2009 at 6:09 pm
I'm glad somebody else is noticing that Brock is getting the shaft. Hopefully he pulls off another win and things change.
dropkick101- September 15, 2009 at 6:02 pm
meh im not too worried about larson. he should put the beating on pierce and than they'll be able to put him in a legitimate main card match and say that he's 3-0 in his current ufc run. let's not forget that jon fitch had about 46 dark fights before the ufc put any effort into showcasing him.
Barc- September 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm
Finally someone gives some love to Quarry/Credeur. That fight is gonna kick ass.
LAS- September 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm
The fact that Brock Larson has only 2 loses, both of them to top 10 WWs, and still is this anonymous shows how overhyped Gegard Mousasi is. Yes, Larson doesn't have a knockout over Mushashi, but the rest of his accomplishments are at least on par with Mousasis, a guy who is being anointed as the biggest threat to Lyoto Machida despite not having done jack shit at 205. Here's hoping Brock gets another crack at some tougher competition.
BigWill83- September 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm
5. watch this card to pass time until TUF 10