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UFC 103: The New Guys

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With a full 13 bouts scheduled for UFC 103, fight fans are going to get their money’s worth tomorrow night in Dallas. Six fighters will be stepping into the Octagon for the first time, most of them trying to make the transition from hometown hero to big-time player. Read on to get acquainted with all the new faces, from Semtex to Tractor to Carny...

Experience: 21-8-2 record, with 16 wins by KO/TKO. Was the former welterweight champion of Cage Rage. Holds stoppage victories over Duane Ludwig, John Alessio, Jess Liaudin, and Xavier Foupa-Pokam.
Will be facing: Martin Kampmann (15-2, 6-1 UFC)
Lowdown: You should already know about this guy. He knocks dudes out, and has never been knocked out himself. Still, if Kampmann can get this one to the ground, it’s a wrap. tries to put a positive spin on the reality of the situation: "Chances are, when Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley is around, you’ll either witness a Knockout of the Night or Submission of the Night."

Experience: 12-1 record, primarily in Midwestern regional leagues. Holds a submission-via-strikes victory over The Gooch. Last competed in October 2008, when he scored a decision win over Alejandro Villalobos.
Will be facing: Jim Miller (13-2, 3-1 UFC)
?Lowdown: A South Bend native and member of the Bulldog Fight Team, Lopez comes to this fight as a replacement for Thiago Tavares. The UFC first noticed Lopez when he tried out for TUF 9 — and injured his shoulder in the process. The former wrestler was inspired to try MMA when he saw The Smashing Machine, and made his pro debut in February 2007 at a four-man tournament, which he won via two consecutive knockouts. He just wants to get in there and scrap: “Win or lose, I hope the fans say ‘man, this kid’s tough – he’s got heart and he don’t back down.’ And this fight is the type of fight I’m looking for – Jim Miller, Roger Huerta, Tyson Griffin – I’m looking for grinders. Those just have Fight of The Night written all over them. I’m not afraid to stand and bang, and I can take a whuppin’. We throw down hard in practice, I’ve never been knocked down, and these are the fights that interest me.”

?Experience: 9-1 record, including two TKO victories over Wigman Big Big (seriously, you can’t make this stuff up). Last competed in April, when he took a decision over John Mahlow. His sole loss came against Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm.
Will be facing: Nik Lentz (see below)
?Lowdown: Oliveira was originally supposed to take on Takanori Gomi at Affliction: Trilogy in August, but it got canceled. Then, he was slated to take on Dan Lauzon at UFC 103, but Lauzon went down with an injury. He trains out of Premier Martial Arts in Knoxville, and was part of BJ Penn‘s training camp before the Kenny Florian fight. He comes from a BJJ background, and his nickname is Tractor, probably because he hates tractors.

Experience: 16-3 record, against guys with normal-sounding names for the most part. Holds a decision win over Drew Fickett (not that that means much anymore) and is responsible for one of Kenneth Allen‘s 27 losses.
Will be facing: Rafaello Oliveira (see above)
Lowdown: A former Division I wrestler for the University of Minnesota, "Carny" now trains out of the Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts Academy, home of Sean Sherk, Brock Lesnar, and Brock Larson. Lentz grew up in Austin and San Antonio, Texas, before relocating to Minnesota for high school. He’s a bit of a geek, listing video games, sci-fi, and anime among his interests, and claims his IQ is in the 135-141 range due to his aptitude in spatial-temporal reasoning and math, "but on language ability I score just above a mentally handicap." Can’t wait for that post-fight speech!

Experience: 12-3 record in various regional leagues, all wins by stoppage, 10 in the first round. In his last two fights, he knocked out Kyle Baker in 59 seconds, and Mike Jackson in five seconds.
Will be facing: Rick Story (7-3, 0-1 UFC)
Lowdown: A member of the H.I.T. Squad, Foster was the original opponent for Paul Daley on this card, before Swick got injured and things got flipped around. According to his profile on, the Oklahoma native began competing in MMA to channel the anger and aggression he felt following the death of his brother. Before that, he worked at a bed factory. His nickname, no shit, is "Foster Boy."

Experience: 21-5 record in European leagues, with 18 wins by stoppage. Is currently riding an 8-fight win streak.
Will be facing: Vladimir Matyushenko (22-4, 3-2 UFC)
Lowdown: Pokrajac is a longtime training partner of Mirko Filipovic. There doesn’t seem to be anything on the Internet on this guy that’s written in English, so we’ll just refer you to the highlight video below. Since

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Bloodlust- September 18, 2009 at 9:06 pm
*Arnold voice* "what you talking bout bloodlust?!! its YOU"LL have yours
Bloodlust- September 18, 2009 at 9:03 pm
they'll have theirs, you're have yours, and I'll have mine
and together we'll be fine!
portland mma- September 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm
Wow man, just blew my mind with a Diff'rent Strokes reference.
Bloodlust- September 18, 2009 at 3:32 pm
wow, steve lopez ko'd the gooch??!!! I hope this gets Arnold his bike back. Dudley is getting tired of him riding on his handlebars.
mondooh- September 18, 2009 at 2:11 pm
WOW that song in the video is bad on all levels

"i am the game and I want to play" "time to play the game"
TheSlothman- September 18, 2009 at 1:20 pm
Glad to see athletic commisions are protecting these guys, letting a guy who wins 1 out of 30 fights get in there with killers like larson. speaking of which , Larson... WTF?
portland mma- September 18, 2009 at 1:05 pm
Daley is definitely getting submitted. Holy shit I hate sherdog for the most part but just cycling through people is fun sometimes, for example thanks for pointing out that theres a pro fighter named the gooch. And wow, Kenneth Allen has an impressive ass record 1-27. The funny thing is when you look at his record he has a names in there like Derrick Noble, Brock Larson, Sam Morgan lol what the fuck were they thinking and how much did they get paid to fight a guy that horrible. Then again that's what I think every time I see someone pay Thomas Denny to fight.
Sheps- September 18, 2009 at 12:50 pm
Daley is gunna blow some shit up! (see what I did there?) Yeah nicknaming anyone "baby famous name" is just a bad idea.

Anyone else ever heard of "Little Tyson"? No? Its cause he sucked balls.
One Two- September 18, 2009 at 12:38 pm
i actually just saw Goran the other day saved a family from drowning and then he beat up a dolphin poacher seconds after saving a sea turtle from a tuna net.
That_guy- September 18, 2009 at 12:38 pm
Nicknaming anyone Baby Cro Cop is now just a hex. Give the guy a chance before you jinx him. There's almost a chance that he won't get swept away by the janitor and never heard from again.
RJeezy- September 18, 2009 at 12:33 pm
Somewhere Goran Reljic just saw a baby lying on the railroad tracks and head kicked the oncoming train into the air and then ate it piece by piece as it fell. All in a day's work for the world's only real superhero.