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UFC 120: The New Guys (Part 2)

(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.)

Now that you’ve met Curt, Fabio, and Paul, let’s continue along the UFC 120 preliminary card and see who else will be making their Octagon debuts on Saturday night…

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.)

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.)

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, "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.

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BackbaconBilly- October 13, 2010 at 9:11 pm
Its funny yet sad seeing Randleman getting abused big time on the GnP,
I suppose its just the circle of life in action, that or, Karma's a BITCH!
fatbellyfrank- October 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm
Fish that swim up your dick? I thought we had some evil critters, big shout out to K-Onda from all your Aussie mates
k-onda- October 13, 2010 at 6:55 pm
Wait, they don't have swimming pools in Brazil?
Smitty- October 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm
Could you guys please stop talking about fish swimming up my cock with spines and eggs, and talk about some fights or something?
luisterrijk- October 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm
@agentsmith, yeah I lived in Ecuador for a summer, those needle fish swim up your dick and shoot out spines, then lay eggs. You have to get them surgically removed... or drink tea that burns them out.
Almost North- October 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm
Of course that might be wishful thinking after Cantwell was patting himself on the back for breaking the elbow of that last minute replacement with the fro.
DazedNConfused- October 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm
I think Broughton might want to pack for the hospital. Quesiroz looks solid, large, and fond of picking people apart. And yeah that Stanislov guy looks good man, I'm looking forward to seeing him. Never heard of him.
Almost North- October 13, 2010 at 3:43 pm
I think Cantwell might want to think about prepaying for his visit to the doctor now to speed the process along.
TheHulkSmash- October 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm
Stanislav looks extremely fast, explosive, and accurate. That overhand right cross he threw against that larger fellow (slow mo around 3:20) reminded me of Fedor clocking Brett Rogers.
FlashinLeather- October 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm
don't knock it till you try it
NinjaNerd8- October 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm
Oh jesus that's fucking disgusting.
agentsmith- October 13, 2010 at 1:01 pm
When you're training in a river, the most important thing to remember is to not piss... cause there's these tiny fish or parasites or parasitic fish that will be attracted to the warmth and swim up your urethra. I don't know what they do up there, but I bet it's not good.