(Rodney Wallace‘s 8-second KO of Carlos Zevallos at a Revolution Fighting Championships event last December. Fight starts at the 2:27 mark; yeah, it’s kinda B.S., but a win’s a win.)
In addition to the reality show hopefuls and UFC vets that will be competing on Saturday, there will also be two guys who will be stepping into the Octagon for the very first time. They’re both undefeated, and they both have awesome nicknames. These are their stories…
RODNEY "Sho Nuff the Master" WALLACE (LHW)
Experience: 9-0 record (six wins via decision) with notable victories over Toni Valtonen, Antwain Britt and Aaron Stark. Last competed in September, when he won an eight-man VFC tournament in Aruba.
Will be fighting: Brian Stann (7-2, 1-1 UFC)
Lowdown: A member of the Team ROC crew in Harrisburg, North Carolina, the 28-year-old Sho Nuff has only been competing professionally since last April. Wallace was a three-time state champion while wrestling in high school, but transitioned to football at Catawba College, where he was a star running back. After graduating, he started training in jiu-jitsu and boxing, won a few Toughman matches, and compiled a 4-1 pro record in the ring. At 5’9", he’ll be giving up some height to most of the guys in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division, but he doesn’t think that will be a factor against Stann: "I have no doubt in my mind that I’m a better fighter than him. My only battle is going in there and staying poised the whole time."
JOE "The South Side Strangler" BRAMMER (LW)
Experience: 7-0-1 record (six wins by stoppage), fighting exclusively in Iowa-based promotions. Most recently scored a five-round unanimous decision over Chris Mickle in September to become Midwest Cage Championship’s interim lightweight champ.
Will be fighting: Mark Bocek (7-2, 3-2 UFC)
Lowdown: Brammer considers himself a Jeet Kune Do practitioner, following Bruce Lee’s "whatever works" philosophy. The 26-year-old trains with Jeremy Stephens and the Throwdown team in San Diego. A devout Christian, Brammer developed his MMA career despite the protests of his preacher father. Brammer was the subject of some recent Internet controversy due to one of his sponsors — the t-shirt company Hoelzer Reich — allegedly containing Nazi symbols in its clothing and sponsoring a neo-Nazi metal band. HR denies that their use of German imagery is tied to any specific period of the country’s history, and also sponsors Caucasian fighters Donald Cerrone, Lyle Beerbohm, and Mac Danzig.