(Stanislav Nedkov highlight reel, courtesy of BGMMAFIGHTER. Check out 0:50-0:59 for yet another example of a guy wearing a t-shirt during an MMA fight and getting absolutely ruined.)
STANISLAV NEDKOV (LHW)
Experience: 11-0 record (8 wins by first-round stoppage), with appearances in Sengoku, Pancrase, and Shooto Bulgaria. Holds wins over Kevin Randleman and Travis Wiuff.
Will be facing: Steve Cantwell (7-3 record, 1-2 UFC)
Lowdown: Nedkov was slated to make his UFC debut against Rodney Wallace at UFC 117, but had to withdraw due to injury. The Bulgarian native comes from a decorated grappling background, and is experienced in freestyle wrestling, sumo, and BJJ. Judging from his fights, he seems to love a good brawl just as much as a ground battle. Causes for concern: At 5’11", he’ll be one of the shortest 205-pounders in the UFC, and his Sengoku fights against Randleman and Wiuff raised questions about his stamina.
(Broughton vs. Robert Berry, 9/30/06; fight starts at the 5:55 mark.)
ROB BROUGHTON (HW)
Experience: 14-5-1 record (11 wins by stoppage), with multiple appearances in Cage Rage — where he was the British Heavyweight Champion — and M1 Challenge. Holds wins over Neil Grove, Eric "Butterbean" Esch, Robert Berry, and James Thompson (twice). In January, Broughton won an eight-man ZT Fight Night heavyweight tournament, defeating Neil Wain, James Thompson, and Oli Thompson in the same night.
Will be facing: Vinicius Queiroz (see below)
Lowdown: Like Curt Warburton, Broughton is another Wolfslair member getting a call up to the majors for UFC 120. Over the last six years, "Bear" Broughton has fought every single British heavyweight with a name, and beaten most of them. As he told the Mirror, "Getting signed with the UFC is a dream come true but I feel that I’ve earned my place. I fought all of the top guys in the UK and then winning the ZT tournament really proved that I am the best heavyweight in Britain…I don’t know that much about Quieroz; he is a bit of an unknown. I saw one of his fights and he looks like a bit of a banger which suits me fine. Obviously I will be happy to stand and strike with him but I am happy to grapple and wrestle as well."
(Queiroz vs. Danilo Rodaki, 4/25/10. The gruesome finish begins at the 2:40 mark.)
VINICIUS QUEIROZ (HW)
Experience: 5-1 record in Brazilian promotions, with all wins by KO/TKO.
Will be facing: Rob Broughton
Lowdown: A 6’7" beanpole from Curitiba, the hard hitting "Spartan" honed his skills at the famed Chute Boxe academy. As he tells UFC.com, "Chute Boxe matured me because I was training with guys who had a huge amount of experience. But I believe that each fighter has his own story, and I never felt the pressure of emulating guys like [Wandelei] Silva or Shogun [Rua] — I’m here to prove I’m Queiroz from Chute Boxe." Queiroz is a BJJ brown belt under Fabricio Werdum, and won a Brazilian national championship in wrestling in 2001. His team makes him train in a river.