(Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Erikas Petraitis, 5/14/10)
Two hot lightweight prospects with identical records will be making their WEC debuts during the prelims of tonight’s "Cruz vs. Benavidez" show on Versus, and if the MMA Gods allow it, you might get your first glance at them. Of course, making the broadcast would require them to either win or lose in spectacular fashion. So which will it be? Get to know them below and let us know what you think…
MACIEJ "Irokez" JEWTUSZKO (LW)
Experience: 7-0 record (all wins by stoppage in the first two rounds), competing in Poland and Germany. Last fought at a Beast of the East event on June 12th, where he defeated Edvardas Norkeliunas by first-round heel-hook.
Will be facing: Anthony Njokuani (12-3, 3-2 WEC) in the last bout of the prelims.
Lowdown: First things first — his name is pronounced Mah-chey Yev-Tushko. The 29-year-old firefighter is a Polish national champion in Muay Thai, but started his fight training with jiu-jitsu. Like his knockout-artist opponent Anthony Njokuani, Jewtuszko prefers to keep fights standing. He admires Mariusz Pudzianowski and Pawel Nastula for representing Poland in MMA, and says "It would be an honor to someday hear me described as the Polish Anderson Silva." Jewtuszko trains with Berzerkers Team Poland. As his manager Shu Hirata explains, "Besides being a great striker and a top grappler, one of the best qualities about Jewtuszko is that he never get intimated with anyone. He is a firefighter so he has gone through many dangerous situations so he has got the heart of a warrior."
(Dustin Poirier vs. Ronnie Lis, 11/13/09)
DUSTIN POIRIER (LW)
Experience: 7-0 record (all wins by stoppage in the first two rounds), competing primarily in Louisiana. Last competed at a Ringside MMA event in Montreal on June 18th, where he knocked out Derek Gauthier in 57 seconds.
Will be facing: Danny Castillo (8-3, 3-3 WEC) in the opening bout of the night.
Lowdown: Poirier tried out for TUF 12 in April and didn’t make the cut; luckily, Zuffa had other plans for him. Last month, Dustin was offered a chance to take on Danny "Last Call" Castillo in the WEC, and he jumped at the chance: “It didn’t feel real to me until a couple of days ago. I kept thinking, ‘Man, is this really happening?’" A Louisiana native who fights out of Gladiators Academy, Poirier counts Rich Clementi, Tim Credeur, and Kyle Bradley among his training partners. He’s the dude in the ape suit in this bizarre video. After growing up "the hard way," Poirier says "Martial arts has helped me a lot and made me clean up my life. I’m proud of being a good person and doing things the right way. I want to be known as one of the best fighters in the world and maybe someday open up my own martial arts school. And 20 years from now when I can’t fight any more I’d like to share martial arts with everybody.”