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UFC 177 Prelim Preview

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The preliminary card of the UFC is the organization’s proving grounds and a look at the rising names in MMA. Title defenses and wins make for intense fights, but do-or-die prelims have a special intentisty all in their own. With prospective fighters look to secure their record and reputation in the UFC, Here’s a look at UFC 177’s prelim fighters looking to make their name at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena.

Middleweight: Lorenz Larkin Vs. Derek Brunson

 (Esther Lin/Strikeforce)
(Larkin vs. Lighty-Esther Lin/Strikeforce)
Derek Brunson (Black Sports Online)
Derek Brunson (Black Sports Online)

Middleweight: Lorenz Larkin Vs. Derek Brunson

Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (14-3) is a Strikeforce veteran with four fights in the UFC. He’s coming off of a KO loss to Costas Phillipou and a tough decision loss to Brad Tavares, so a win means everything to his reputation. He has superior boxing skills, winning 8 of his 14 victories by knock out (7 KO’s consecutively). He will square up against Derek Brunson (11-3-1) who has a very impressive, well rounded game. Of his 11 victories, 4 have been won been won by TKO, 4 by submission, and 3 by decision. Larkin and Brunson are sure to swing viciously, but watch out for another nasty rear-naked choke submission by Brunson when the fight goes to the ground. Their bout was rescheduled from UFC 176, and both fighters will be eager to fight from the delay.

Bantamweight- Joe Soto Vs. Anthony Birchak

(Soto wins TPF title-Juan Villa)
(Soto wins TPF title-Juan Villa)
(Birchack (left) in decsion win over Benoit-MFC)
(Birchack (left) in decsion win over Benoit-MFC)

Joe “One Bad Mofo” Soto (15-2) will face Anthony Birchack (11-1) in the Bantamweight prelim. Soto took the fight quickly, defending his TPF title on August 7th and signing for the UFC fight on August 12th. There’s no doubt that the former Bellator fighter is hungry to make his debut and establish his name as a UFC fighter. He’s on a six fight winning streak, and his submission skills have won him four of his last five victories. His grappling game and groundwork will be equally matched by Anthony Birchak, who has taken six of his eleven victories by submission. Birchack has a strong edge in submissions as well as knock out power, taking 3 of his last five victories by TKO punches in a row. Once this fight gets to the ground, we’ll be sure to see a battle for position and the high possibility of a win by submission.

Flyweight- Scott Jorgenson vs. Henry Cejudo

(Scott Jorgenson-MMA Junkie)
(Scott Jorgenson-MMA Junkie)
(Wrestling Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo)
(Wrestling Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo)

Scott “Young Guns” Jorgenson (15-9) has everything on the line for this fight. He has lost three consecutive fights before taking his last decision victory over Danny Martinez. He’s fought nine fights in the UFC, and a win over Cejudo will solidify his place in the organization as a formidable fighter. He has excellent endurance and conditioning, winning eight of his fifteen victories by decision. Standing in his way is the undefeated twenty seven year-old Henry CeJudo (6-0). Cejudo became the youngest wrestler ever to win Olympic gold in wrestling at just twenty one years of age. His knock out power is also record-proven, winning three of his 6 victories consecutively by TKO punches. Scott Jorgenson has to prepare for Cejudo’s very well-rounded striking and wrestling game in order to come out on top.

Heavyweight- Ruan Potts Vs. Anthony Hamilton

(Ruan Potts, Cage Potato-Photo Via Ghetty)
(Ruan Potts, Cage Potato-Photo Via Ghetty)
(Anthony Hamilton-MFC)
(Anthony Hamilton-MFC)

Capt Town’s Ruan “Fangzz” Potts (8-2) has a balanced record of 4 wins by KO and 4 wins by submission. He is a very fast fighter, winning 5 of his 8 victories in the first round. This will be his second fight in the UFC coming off of a KO loss to Soa Palelei in UFC Fight Night- Brown Vs. Silva. He’s had three months to train, recover, and set up a new game plan against Anthony “Freight Train” Hamilton (12-3). Before his loss to Alexy Oleinik in his June UFC Debut, he went on an impressive six-fight win streak. “Freight Train” is sure to set up his strong takedown and wrestling game against Potts, but he has to work to avoid Potts’ superior striking before setting up his ground game.

Catch UFC 177 prelims on Fox Sports 1 at 8/5 ETPT to see MMA prospects prove their salt in the UFC.