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UFC 91: The New Guys


(Josh Hendricks steamrolls Rick McChristian at GFS: Caged Vengeance in February 2006; the destruction begins at the 1:47 mark.)

Amir Sadollah‘s leg infection means we won’t get to see what this Nick Catone dude’s all about, but there will still be two Octagon first-timers trying their luck in Las Vegas on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know in order to sound smart around your friends…

JOSH “HEAVY” HENDRICKS (HW)
Experience: 15-4 record in various midwestern promotions, with 13 wins by 1st-round stoppage. Has gone 10-0 with one no-contest in his last 11 fights.
Will be facing: Gabriel Gonzaga (9-3, 5-2 UFC)
Lowdown: Randy Couture hand-picked this former two-time All-American wrestler to help him prepare for his bout against Brock Lesnar (you might have caught a glimpse of him in the Countdown to UFC 91 special on Spike). At 6’2″, 246 pounds, Hendricks isn’t quite as big as Lesnar, but he’s got plenty of speed and power, and very few opponents have made it out of the first round against him. Ring rust may be an issue, however; his last fight — a 50-second submission-by-strikes victory over Braden Bice — took place a year ago.

RAFAEL DOS ANJOS (LW)
Experience: 11-2 record with multiple appearances in the Brazilian fight clubs Fury FC and XFC. He has won his last nine fights, and has never lost by stoppage.
Will be facing: Jeremy Stephens (13-3, 2-2 UFC)
Lowdown: The reigning lightweight champ of Fury FC, UFC 91 marks Dos Anjos’s first appearance in North America. Most of his wins come via submission, which is no surprise considering he’s a student of BJJ greats Aldo “Caveirinha” Januário and Roberto “Gordo” Correa. He’s also a member of the Gracie Fusion fight team, and used to train under the late Ryan Gracie. Two of his fights are after the jump…


(Rafael Dos Anjos def. Danilo Cherman via kimura @ Fury FC 4, 8/4/2007.)


(A fairly crappy edited version of Dos Anjos’s split decision win over Takafumi Otsuka at Fury FC 6, 7/12/2008.)

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iwebie- November 14, 2008 at 2:39 pm
It's the biggest fight in mixed martial arts history! 3-time UFC Heavyweight Champ Randy "The Natural" Couture returns to the Octagon and puts his title on the line against the biggest opponent of his career, wrestling powerhouse Brock Lesnar. Can the legend prevail? Or will a new hero rise?

Check out the results at http://www.iwebie.com/ufc-91-results
George ST Pierre- November 12, 2008 at 11:29 am
Another "butter-bean" profile. Im not impressed by your performance!
gvd- November 12, 2008 at 4:57 am
"# Sweep the Leg Says:
November 12th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

I know that you’re not supposed to judge fighters by their physiques, but I’m going to go ahead and file Hendricks vs. McChristian under “Most Predictable MMA Fights in History.”
"

That was a no brainer. Soon as i saw the fatass with his man boobs it was pretty much already over. The guy doesn't even look like he has any muscle on him.
K.E,G.- November 12, 2008 at 12:37 am
Holy crap according to sherdog McChristians only win was in 2000 against Joe Nameth. What kind of asshole beats up an old ass quarterback thats not even in his weight class? And secondly who sanctioned this fucking fight?
beau- November 12, 2008 at 12:09 am
what the hell are those lumps on his back. watch the replay. fuckin wierd.
Jeeves- November 11, 2008 at 10:30 pm
good thing this McCristian guy gave up fighting - or so I hope...
http://sherdog.com/fighter/Rick-McChristian-5771
Imbecile- November 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm
Gay post!

Not really because of the concept or content, but because I can't watch the videos at work.

Gay!!!
zmmajunky- November 11, 2008 at 8:45 pm
Yean, Josh looks kind of good. If Randy wants to train with him, he must be pretty tough!?! But I already posted part of Josh's clip here in my UFC 91 Predictions on Youtube. Check it out!!

http://www.youtube.com/user/zmmajunky
Goat- November 11, 2008 at 8:40 pm
Whoever is running the switch board for the Fury FC fights needs to be shot. He changes angles every 5 seconds.
Patrick- November 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm
Josh Hendricks certainly steamrolled that guy, but Gonzaga is'nt an obese nobody with a 1-7 record.
Welcome to the big leagues, Josh. Prepare to tap!
Piss in my own fruit tray- November 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm
@Sweep The Leg- Hilarious!
Sweep the Leg- November 11, 2008 at 8:14 pm
I know that you're not supposed to judge fighters by their physiques, but I'm going to go ahead and file Hendricks vs. McChristian under "Most Predictable MMA Fights in History."
DDT- November 11, 2008 at 8:06 pm
Denilo Cherman gave me a stiffy!
Sodak- November 11, 2008 at 8:03 pm
yeah it'd be cool to see em fight, Why does the UFC leave out half the fights and fill that time w/ commercials rogan and hype? do people like that stuff?
DDT- November 11, 2008 at 7:53 pm
Nice post. I like the concept of introducing us to some of the new fighters in the UFC. Especially since the UFC does A COMPLETELY FUCKING HORRIBLE JOB OF DOING IT!!!

I really like it when a UFC guy is on his 5th fight in the UFC and I still haven't see him fight.

How about a UFC Unleased that is all untelevised undercards?
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