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UFC 114: The New Guys

(Cyrille the Snake’s early kickboxing highlights. Props: Gorgeous PX)

UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans goes down this coming Saturday in Las Vegas, with two new faces casting their fates to the wind in the prelims, both of whom have peripheral connections to TUF 9. Who will survive and what will be left of them? Get to know the guys below, and swing by MMA Fightpicker to make your UFC 114 predictions…

Experience: 16-6-1 record competing around the world for promotions like Cage Rage, 2H2H, PRIDE, and ShoXC. Has won nine of his last ten fights, with eight of those wins coming via stoppage in the first two rounds.
Will be facing: Luis Cane (10-2 w/1 no-contest, 3-2 UFC)
Lowdown: A veteran kickboxer and mixed martial artist, "The Snake" has been putting the hurt on people since the ’90s. Diabate spends part of his time training at Team Quest in Temecula, and appeared on TUF 9 last year as Team USA’s striking coach, but is doing most of the preparation for this fight in his native France. Standing 6’6", he tends to rely on his endless reach and striking prowess, but says he’s been concentrating on wrestling recently to become a more complete fighter. He hasn’t lost an MMA match since September 2006, when he was nearly stomped to death by Mauricio Rua at PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute.

Experience: 8-2 record in various regional leagues. Has won his last six fights, most recently a first-round knockout of Steve Berger at King of the Cage: Bad Boys 2 last month in Detroit.
Will be facing: Melvin Guillard (23-8-2 w/1 no-contest, 6-4 UFC)
Lowdown: An Ohio-based protege of Jorge Gurgel and Rich Franklin — and a three-time Division II national wrestling champion — Waylon Lowe accepted the fight against Guillard on three weeks’ notice after Thiago Tavares dropped out due to an elbow injury. You may have briefly caught a glimpse of Waylon on the second episode of TUF 9, when he was submitted by Santino Defranco after beating the living crap out of him for an entire round. According to this AroundtheOctagon interview, Waylon loves rap and country music, is a McDonald’s addict, and once had a job spreading manure on a ranch, which apparently isn’t as enjoyable as it sounds.

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ghostboner- May 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm
He is rather Corey Hillish. I think with as many years of kickboxing as he has got his legs are prob a bit more conditioned than Mr. Hill's were. But then he has the French thing working against him too...
sancho721- May 24, 2010 at 7:52 pm
I'll bet on a guy who trains in a dining room of a crappy chinese resturaunt.
str8ahead7- May 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm
I know Waylon personally. He's a great guy and I'm really happy he's finally getting a shot in the big leagues. He's got that ridiculous wrestler strength and although he's probably not quite as athletic as Guillard, he's still a freak. If he can take it to the ground, I like him for the upset. He's no slouch on the feet but if he tries to stay up with Guillard he's going to sleep.
k-onda- May 24, 2010 at 7:12 pm
Alright, after a few minutes of highlight vid, I'm a fan of Diabate, if for nothing else the fact, which is an awesome one, that he looks so totally calm and non-cocky after battering a man. I wish all these fighters acted the same way.
worldchampwannabe- May 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm
When you say "nearly stomped to death by Mauricio Rua" you literally mean nearly stomped to death by Mauricio Rua. Old Pride rules were the shit.
Almost North- May 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm
Love articles like this. Keep them coming.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm
Waylon loses on national TV that will be a new "Lowe" in his career. (I couldn't resist.) Luis Arthur Cane via Corey Hill leg snap, 2:43 r1.
TheArtof8Limbs- May 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm
$10 on Diabate
Angry Whopper- May 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm
Anybody named Waylon is born to lose. In an embarassing fashion. Regularly. In front of millions.