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UFC 92: The New Guys

(Mustapha Al-Turk vs. Mark Kerr, Cage Rage 20, 2/10/07)

There are so many marquee names on the UFC’s year-end card (December 27th, Las Vegas) that the three heavyweights who will be stepping into the Octagon for the first time could get lost in the shuffle. So let’s take a quick look at the dudes who will be fighting for a slice of recognition during their UFC debuts at #92…

Experience: 6-3 record, with all wins by first-round stoppage due to strikes. Last seven fights were in the now-defunct Cage Rage, where he won their British heavyweight title. Most recently defeated James McSweeney via TKO at Cage Rage 27 in July.
Will be facing: Cheick Kongo (12-4-1, 5-2 UFC)
Lowdown: Al-Turk was originally supposed to be fed to Cain Velasquez, but a knee-injury forced Velasquez to pull out of the bout. A member of the London Shootfighters camp, Al-Turk won the ADCC European Trials in 2005, but lost his first-round match at the World Championships to Gabriel Gonzaga. His solid takedowns and ground-and-pound could create serious problems for Kongo, a standup fighter without a strong ground game.

Experience: 8-1 record in various midwestern/southern regional leagues (15-1 including amateur fights). Most recently submitted Aaron Winterlee at a Subzero Fighting event in August.
Will be facing: Antoni Hardonk (7-4, 3-2 UFC)
Lowdown: A late replacement for Mark Burch, who had to pull out of his fight against Hardonk due to undisclosed reasons, Wessel trains with TUF 8 footnote Roli Delgado at Westside Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Little Rock, Arkansas. He’s a former strength and conditioning coach for the University of Arkansas; his website also says he’s a former pro football player. We’ll see if that’s enough to stand up to Hardonk’s notoriously brutal leg-kicks.

Experience: 3-0 MMA record in the Combat USA organization (with all wins by first-round KO/TKO); 20-5-1 pro Muay Thai record and nine appearances in K-1.
Will be facing: Dan Evensen (10-3, 0-1 UFC)
Lowdown: Barry, nicknamed "Get Hype," trains with legendary kickboxing champ Duke Roufus at Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Barry is only 5’11”, and the last time a heavyweight under six feet entered the Octagon, Shane Carwin beat the shit out of him. But considering his bout with Evensen will likely be a striking match only, this could actually turn out to be interesting. The quote on Barry’s MySpace page says "IF YOU AINT HYPE YOU AINT SHIT." Words to live by.

(Pat Barry vs. Gary Goodridge, K-1 Hawaii 2007 quarterfinal match.)

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notsosweettweet- December 23, 2008 at 9:18 pm
I absolutely cannot wait to watch Pat on the 27th.
Good luck from Canada!
babcock- December 19, 2008 at 8:43 am
somebody shoulid make a protest petition for lister okami match to be on the main card. and God damn they should call Barry the lumberjack after seein him chop down gary goodridge that guys an animal
Anonymous- December 18, 2008 at 2:32 pm
Lister VS Okami not on main card? what a joke
Tom- December 18, 2008 at 1:53 pm
Pat is a beasty dude, I've trained with him too and he is a solid 240, legs like tree trunks, RIP Evenson
Tim- December 18, 2008 at 10:51 am
I have to agree, Pat Barry is a beast. I took a couple seminars from him and he is amazing. It is going to be a bad night for Evenson. Hopefully it ends quite so they show it on the PPV. KO of the night??
Hype or Die
wartastic- December 18, 2008 at 9:52 am
PAt Barry is a beast mofo....i got kicked by him once in practice annd it took forever to heal.....dude is a tank and will murder evenson
gary goodridge- December 18, 2008 at 9:23 am
Did my wife just makeout with pat barry im gonna whomp her ass
T Rex- December 18, 2008 at 9:09 am
As long as Cheick can defend strikes to the back of the head til the dumb referee can figure out it's illegal and not allowed.
rokabee- December 18, 2008 at 8:49 am
Barry looks as if he could make a drop to 205. That would be exciting
Jared the wiener- December 18, 2008 at 8:16 am
@ milo bing

Right on man. That's bogus those two aren't on there. Though I'd put that fight ahead of CB Dolloway vs. Mike Massenzio first. The result of Okami-Lister will be much more significant for the middleweight division.
milo bing- December 18, 2008 at 7:51 am
i would rather see yushin okami vs dean lister on the main card instead of cheick kongo vs mustafa al turk.