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Jimmo Signs With UFC; Debuts Opposite Vemola at ‘UFC on FX 1′ Jan. 20

(Jimmo will trade his precious metal to finally test his mettle in the UFC)

The UFC announced today that it has signed Maximum Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion and CagePotato guest blogger Ryan Jimmo to face Czech wrestler Karlos Vemola on the inaugural UFC on FX 1 card January 20 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“The Big Deal” will put his 16-fight undefeated streak on the line as he steps into the Octagon for the first time against Vemola, who is 1-1 in two UFC starts.

We spoke with Ryan today, and as expected, he was ecstatic about “the big deal,”  but couldn’t disclose any of the details of his new multi-fight contract as per Zuffa policy.

“I’m very happy and excited to be joining the UFC and to be given this opportunity to prove myself on the world’s biggest stage. I started training 27-years ago with my father and have worked very hard to get to where I am. I’d like to thank Joe Silva, Dana White and the Fertittas for giving me my shot and everyone who helped me achieve this goal including my manager Bobby, all of my sponsors, training partners, family, friends, and Mark and the MFC for helping me get here,” Jimmo said. “Without all of their help and support I never would have gotten to where I am. Karlos Vemola is a stiff test for my first UFC fight and I’m going to make sure I entertain the fans and put on a great fight on January 20.”

A handful of other match-ups for the event, which will be headlined by a lightweight tilt between Jim Miller and Melvin Guillard, were announced for the card, bringing the number of scheduled bouts to eight.

UFC on FX 1
Saturday, January 20, 2012
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee

Jim Miller vs. Melvin Guillard
Eric “Red” Schafer vs. Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera
Josh ‘The Dentist’ Neer vs. Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig
Christian Morecraft vs. Pat ‘HD’ Barry.
Mike Brown vs. Vagner Rocha
Reza “Mad Dog” Madadi vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Ryan “Big Deal” Jimmo vs. Karlos Vemola.
Kamal Shalorus vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

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skeletor- November 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm
@tojo-in all honestly Jimmo has a good chance to win this fight. Now I'm not giving him many props with that comment but you hit the reality of Vemola right on the head. Either way Jimmo barely beat Sokojou in his last fight and judging by his long drawn out explanations of how good of shape he is in and how ready for all his fights he is there is really know excuse for that.
tojo- November 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm
@all thinking Vemola will rip Jimmo apart. I hardly know who Jimmo is but I saw Vemola get completely outclassed way below the getting-kicked-out-of-UFC-standards in his last fight.
shartacus- November 30, 2011 at 9:14 am
myklhoey- November 30, 2011 at 8:43 am
skeletor fan rite here
he may do ok, how no's, as long as hes excitin im cool with it,
ya dana probally dosent no hes cool wit CP
Fried Taco- November 30, 2011 at 7:58 am
Obviously DW didn't do his homework and see Jimmo's connection to CP.
shartacus- November 30, 2011 at 6:31 am
You a hater, Skeletors
Kimbos Bread- November 30, 2011 at 6:25 am
I'm excited.
I knew it was gonna happen sonnet than later.
Harry Sack- November 30, 2011 at 6:04 am
Awesome Jimmo! I'm so happy for you...But, Vemola is going to rip this guy a new orfice. No offense, but he will be outclassed.
Hauler- November 30, 2011 at 4:34 am
Vemola is actually 1-2 not 1-1. He's defeated Petruzelli, but lost to Jon Madsen and Ronny Markes.

Anyway, cool to see Jimmo get signed by the UFC since I actually went to high school with the dude.
Jubbie- November 30, 2011 at 12:34 am
Reminds me of a Frank Mir fighting Crocop. Obviously trains hard and likes the thinking aspect of MMA but that does not translate to success or even excitement. When Sokujou outworks you so the judges have to gift you a decision, imagine what will happen in the UFC. November 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm
Decent looking card and looking forward to seeing what Jimmo can do in the UFC.

Is he still going to blog for you guys? Especially leading up to the fight?
XENOPHON- November 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm
Jimmo and the rest of the newly signed make me want to fucking puke.
All they do is talk about being "very happy" or "excited to be joining the UFC" and "to be given this opportunity to prove myself on the world’s biggest stage" or "that they'd love suck on Dana's crank."
Except for the journeyman Diaz (and a few others), none of these fuckers ever says it like it is. That being, I will fight anyone, anytime, anywhere, and want the big dollars.
Giblets- November 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm
The biggest prospect out of Canada since Kalib Starnes.
Walrus- November 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm
Guys gotta start finishing more fights.
Cup Cheick- November 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm
danomite- November 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm
good for him. Now hopefully we can see the robot dance in HD
skeletor- November 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm
@MRuss-Remember when you put my email on here because I was talking shit on Jimmo?
RwilsonR- November 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm
Ryan Jimmo? Psshhh............................. big deal.
Fatty McDickbutts- November 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm
You guys remember when we found out the Porn actress frequented this site? Those were good times... what happened to that?
Mike Russell- November 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm
And like clockwork Jimmo's biggest hater arrives.
skeletor- November 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm
This is the best news I've heard in awhile. This fucking guy is gonna get his ass kicked.