(Yeah Dan, we’re stoked for the new Cung Le/Jean-Claude Van Damme movie too!)
It looks like Demian Maia won’t be the only one making his welterweight debut in the near future.
Featuring a main event clash between top lightweight contenders Clay Guida and Gray Maynard, the UFC on FX 4 card is really starting to take shape, adding four more fights in the welterweight division last night. It seems a little odd that this plethora of fights have been added when the UFC on FX 3 card, which goes down two weeks earlier, has confirmed only two fights thus far. Then again, if we were in charge of matchmaking, Pat Barry would fight every weekend and Rousey/Caraway would already be booked.
But back to the welterweights. Yes, it appears that our buddy Dan Miller will be back in action at UFC on FX 4, and in fact will be making his welterweight debut when he takes on Ricardo Funch. Miller has not fought since his clusterfuck of a fight against Rousimar Palhares at UFC 134 that saw Palhares leap onto the cage in premature celebration, only to be talked off the proverbial tower by Herb Dean. Upon re-entering the octagon, Palhares was almost immediately KO’d by Miller, but managed to gather the few remaining marbles in his brain to pull out a unanimous decision victory. The loss was Miller’s second in a row and fifth of his last seven. But given Miller’s tendency to put on exciting fights, we don’t imagine a loss here will cost him his job. The same cannot be said for Funch, however, who has dropped all three of his UFC appearances to Johny Hendricks, Claude Patrick, and Mike Pyle.
Also set for the fourth FX card will be a welterweight tilt between submission specialist T.J. Waldburger and manscaping aficionado Brian Ebersole. Waldburger has scored a pair of brilliant back-to-back victories in his last two UFC appearances, leaping into a triangle against Mike Stumpf in September before notching a lightning quick armbar of Jake Hecht at UFC on FX 2: Kampmann vs. Alves earlier this month. He will be facing a tough test in Ebersole, who is riding a 10 fight win streak including three straight in the UFC over Chris Lytle, Dennis Hallman‘s balls, and Claude Patrick.
Nothing against Waldburger, but we’re kind of pulling for Ebersole in light of recent events.
Two welterweight wrestlers will be looking to rebound from losses when Rick Story takes on Rich Attonito. Story, who rebounded from a UFC debut loss to John Hathaway at UFC 99 by going on a six fight win streak, has dropped two straight to Charlie Brenneman and Martin Kampmann at UFC Live 4 and UFC 139, respectively. Attonito, on the other hand, has gone 1-2 in his last three, sandwiching a win over Daniel Roberts in between losses to Jake Hecht and Dave Branch.
And finally, after emerging victorious from a three round slobber-knocker against Henry Martinez, a win that snapped a two fight losing streak, it looks like Matt “Deep Waters” Riddle will be looking to make it two in a row against Nova Uniao product and Shooto veteran Luis Ramos. You might not remember Ramos’ only UFC appearance–a first round TKO loss to Brazilian prospect Erick Silva at UFC 134–as it was over before it started, ending in just 40 seconds. Riddle has fought all nine of his professional fights under the Zuffa banner, but nearly all of his six wins have come against fighters no longer with the promotion, so it looks like he’s a lock for this one. Sorry, Luis.
UFC on FX 4 goes down from the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 22nd.
Who ya got for these, Potato Nation?