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UFC Fight Night 20: The New Guys

(Mike Guymon highlight reel, courtesy of JokersWildFA.)

Two promising welterweights will be making their Octagon debuts against each other at UFC Fight Night 20, which goes down this coming Monday (1/11) at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Allow us to introduce you to…

Experience: 11-2-1 record (all wins by stoppage), primarily competing in King of the Cage, where he is the reigning welterweight champion. Last fought in October, when he earned a fourth-round TKO over Quinn Mulhern. Hasn’t lost since a split-decision against Pat Healy at an IFL event in June 2007.
Will be fighting: Rory Macdonald (see below)
Lowdown: With a decade of experience in the game, Mike Guymon has been one of MMA’s most respected ambassadors, serving as one of the original members of the TapouT crew and running his own fight school in California. In December 2008, the 35-year-old captured KOTC’s welterweight title with a fifth-round submission victory over Anthony Lapsley; Guymon has successfully defended his belt twice since then. In August, he made news for a near-tragic suicide attempt/armed standoff in Orange County following troubles in his personal life, but has found peace through re-committing himself to the sport that he loves: "I wanted to prove to people that it’s possible to get in the ring after trying to commit suicide. I sometimes need 16 hours a week of therapy to deal with this thing. But this is living proof not to give up and that good things will happen.”

RORY "The Waterboy" MACDONALD (WW)
Experience: 9-0 record (all wins by stoppage), primarily competing in King of the Cage, where he was the lightweight champ before vacating the title to move up to 170 pounds. Last fought in September, scoring a second-round knockout over Nick Hinchliffe.
Will be fighting: Mike Guymon
Lowdown: Just 20 years old, this British Columbia native has been crushing his opponents since the tender age of 16. As a 155-pounder, he won KOTC’s Canadian lightweight title by TKO’ing Kajan Johnson in December 2007, then followed it up by knocking out Clay French for the organization’s World lightweight belt in November ’08. He’s now 2-0 in his current weight class. His nickname was given to him by the guys at his gym, because like the Adam Sandler character, he’s a mama’s boy who goes berzerk in the face of adversity. Says MacDonald: "Ever since I first started training to fight I knew that I had something special. I’m not trying to say that I am anyone special, but I knew that I was talented at fighting and I knew it was what I was going to do and that there was nothing that was going to stop me from getting in the UFC. I was always really confident, even when I first started, that this was an achievable goal and now that I’ve achieved it, it’s amazing…I think that at this point in my career I’m ready to jump in this pool and I’m ready to show the world who I am.”

Honorable mention…

GERALD "Hurricane" HARRIS (MW)
Experience: 12-2 record fighting in the IFL and various regional promotions. Has won six of his last seven bouts via first-round stoppage, including a 46-second KO of WEC/UFC vet Nissen Osterneck in September.
Will be fighting: Mike Massenzio (11-3, 1-1 UFC)
Lowdown: You probably remember Gerald from TUF 7, where he defeated Mike Marrello in the elimination round before losing to Amir Sadollah in the round-of-16, and wrote a very revealing guest blog about the experience for our site. Unfortunately, Harris wasn’t invited to compete on the TUF 7 finale, so he never had an official fight in the UFC. Since his stint on the show, Harris has racked up a 6-0 record in the Bum Fighting circuit. After re-connecting with Dana White during an appearance on MMA Junkie radio, Harris was offered a contract, and makes his return to the Octagon as a replacement for the injured Tim Credeur.

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Blinknyrout- January 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm
Nevermind the whole suicide bit. Did anyone else think his highlight real is in slow-mo? I'm sorry but I don't think he will last long in the UFC.
NateGetsIrate- January 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm
I've met Joker before and all i can say is he's a really nice guy and doesn't put up any sort of tough guy front. I hope he moves past this suicide story sooner than Rampage is moving past his hit & run.

Joe Hogan- January 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm
Wouldn't have been the first "joker" to commit suicide..

Nevertheless, I agree with Havokgamer, give the guy some credit for trying to get his life back on track.
Havokgamer- January 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Ninjay, do a little research before you slam the guy for his emotional problems. His wife walked in on him about to pull the trigger with the barrel against his head and stopped him. He then hopped in his truck, his frantic wife called a cop friend of theirs, who put out an APB on his truck. The cops tracked him to a gas station not far away, surrounded him, and he would've gotten himself shot had his cop friend not shown up and talked him down. That was rock bottom for him, and he's now on the right path to turning his life around. Sure it's a little dramatic, but the guy has issues, and he's demonstrating that he's taking steps to keep his life positive. He deserves the benefit of the doubt. Have some respect and at least know what your talking about before you run your mouth off, cause it makes YOU sound like the douche.
MMAMoneyLine- January 6, 2010 at 11:53 am
See that Gerald, networking pays off. That's how you get a job in a recession, people...use your contacts!
Mdollas- January 6, 2010 at 10:38 am
Rory is from my local gym I train at, go team Toshido!!
DiazBros209- January 6, 2010 at 9:06 am
Best way to kill yourself is to bet all of your money on a roulette table (or other gambling game of your choice.) If you lose, just kill yourself. If you win, go on a beer, blow, and hooker spree. If you don't die from that, kill yourself in the morning. =)
portland mma- January 6, 2010 at 8:20 am
Gerald Harris' walk in music better be the scorpions.
portland mma- January 6, 2010 at 8:18 am
you take people in here seriously?
NinJay- January 6, 2010 at 7:55 am

"I'm sure you haven't ever committed suicide"

Ok you made me lol at that one. I'm going to go ahead and give you the benefit of the doubt that you were trying to be funny and succeeded, otherwise I would never take you seriously again.
cwr- January 6, 2010 at 7:54 am
I was really looking forward to seeing Tim Creuder fight but I have to admit that Harris is a replacement that I am extremely happy about. I have wanted to see him in the UFC for a while.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- January 6, 2010 at 7:27 am
Is Rory McDonald the illegitimate son of Ron "The H20-Man" Waterman?
The Clinch- January 6, 2010 at 7:27 am
Armed standoff? He was trying to entice the police to "finish him"? What?
iDestroy- January 6, 2010 at 7:19 am
Ninjay you don't even know what happened. I'm sure you haven't ever committed suicide, so you don't know how hard it might be. Just because someone sucks at killing themselves doesn't mean they're an attention whore.
skeletor- January 6, 2010 at 6:57 am
At the 24 second mark, is that Cecil Peoples? If so Ol' peeps got some sweet moves.
NinJay- January 6, 2010 at 6:54 am
For the sake of MMA let the Joker win. That's all the sport needs is a "UFC Fighter Commits Suicide After Loss" headline floating around. The General public will think every fighter has a screw loose. On that note, this dude is just an attention whore. If you're going to commit suicide then just freaking do it! Don't have a standoff that attracts media attention you douche.
skeletor- January 6, 2010 at 6:53 am
Hopefully this Guymon does well and has truly learned how to deal with his problems. It would be a shame to see another Junie situation, especially with somebody with some talent.