(Duane, how many times do I have to tell you to STOP SLEEPING ON THE JOB??!!!!)
Well, well, well…it looks like the UFC has finally delivered a free card matchup that doesn’t make us yearn for the days of Arlovski/Sylvia III. Word just broke (and by just, we mean a good six or seven hours ago) that veteran strikers Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Che Mills have been paired up for UFC on FUEL 5, which goes down on September 29, 2012 at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England and features a headlining matchup between heavyweight contenders Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic. Mills broke the news via his Twitter:
After stringing together a pair of wins over Nick Osipczak and Amir Sodallah to save his UFC career, Ludwig again finds himself with his back against the wall. He has dropped his last two contests to Josh Neer (via Ambienotine) and Dan Hardy (via lead left hook of death) and could be looking at his final fight under the promotion if he is not successful against Mills. From all accounts, Ludwig is one of the nicest guys in the sport, so let’s hope he brings his A-game against Mills, who is coming off a loss of his own to welterweight wrecking machine Rory MacDonald at UFC 145. The loss snapped a five fight win streak for Mills, who kicked off his UFC career by almost kneeing off Chris Cope’s head at UFC 138. Luckily, we’ve managed to find the crappiest quality footage possible of that fight, which we’ve placed for you below.
One thing’s for sure, we won’t have to worry about either man’s grappling credentials (or lack thereof) coming into play. This should make for a hell of an addition to a card that has a distinct lack of drawing power at the moment, so who you got, Potato Nation?
Yahya fills in for “The Fluke’s” original opponent, Pablo Garza, who was forced to withdraw from the late summer fight card due to an undisclosed injury.
Grispi (14-3) knows a thing or two about the ground game, having subbed seven of his 14 victims within the first round. Despite back-to-back losses to Dustin Poirier and George Roop, he’s still considered one of the top up-and-coming prospects in the 145-pound division.
Yahya (16-7) has an astonishing 14 submissions in 16 wins. Unfortunately the Brazilian has struggled in recent times, going 2-3 over his last five fights including a unanimous decision loss to veteran wrestler Chad Mendes at the UFC 133 event last August.
That’s because DREAM 135-pound champion Bibiano Fernandes has defected to ZUFFA after his former employers have reportedly closed up shop, inking a contract that puts him against Roland Delorme at the UFC 149: “Aldo vs. Koch” pay-per-view (PPV) event from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on July 21, 2012.
UFC.com brought word of the signing earlier today.
Fernandes (11-3) is currently riding a three-fight winning streak, having recently pounded out World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) veteran Antonio Banuelos at the Dream: “Genki Desu Ka!” New Year’s Eve event late last year.
Delorme (8-1) has made a “stunning” splash into the bantamweight division, securing back-to-back submission wins over Josh Ferguson and Nick Denis since graduating from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14.
UFC 149 features a main event title fight between reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo putting his 145-pound title on the line against the dangerous striking attack of division number one contender Erik Koch.