Dustin Pague vs. Ken Stone
The Ultimate Fighter 14 semifinalist Dustin Pague (11-5) will fill in on less than two weeks’ notice against fellow bantamweight Ken Stone (10-3) in a UFC on FX 4 preliminary card bout.
Pague, 24, is a Pennsylvania native who fights out of Virginia and New Mexico with Disciple MMA and the Tapout Ranch. The submission heavy fighter made his professional debut in 2008 and won ten of his first fourteen while competing all over the east coast in regional promotions. Pague earned a position on TUF 14 and was drafted as part of Team Mayhem advancing all the way into the semifinals where he was defeated by TJ Dillashaw. At the end of the TUF 14 season Pague was awarded a $25,000 bonus for “Fight of the Season” for his first round victory over Louis Gaudinot. In his official debut at the TUF 14 Finale last December, Pague was defeated by John Albert via TKO. He bounced back and picked up a rear naked choke submission victory over Jared Papazian at the UFC on FX 3 event earlier this month.
Stone is a Massachusetts born mixed martial artist who now fights out of Coconut Creek, Florida with the American Top Team. The 5’8” Stone made his professional debut in August of 2007 and won nine of his first ten while competing mostly in the regional circuit across Massachusetts. Stone was signed by the WEC in late-2010 but lost his only bout for the organization via KO to Eddie Wineland. His contract was transferred into the UFC after they merged the divisions and lost his debut there as well via KO to Scott Jorgensen at the TUF 13 Finale. In rebounding fashion, Stone picked up his first Zuffa victory last September with a submission win over Donny Walker at the UFC Fight Night 25 event.
Prediction – Stone Decision
Dan Miller vs. Ricardo Funch
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts Dan Miller (13-6, NC) and Ricardo Funch (8-3) will meet in a UFC on FX 4 preliminary card bout that will be fought at 170 pounds.
Miller, 30, is a New Jersey native who fights out of the AMA Fight Club with his twin brother and fellow UFC fighter Jim. The submission specialist made his professional debut in 2005 and won eight of his first ten while competing for organizations like Jersey-based Ring of Combat, International Fight League and Reality Fighting. Miller arrived inside the octagon in 2008 and won his first three bouts for the organization. Almost as quick as he rose up the ranks of welterweights, he quickly plummeted after dropping three in a row. He followed up his three fight losing streak with back to back victories before yet again dropping back to back bouts. His last two bouts were a UFC 128 loss against Nate Marquardt and a UFC 134 loss against Rousimar Palhares almost one year ago.
Funch, 31, is a Brazilian born mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Link in Massachusetts. “Golden Boy” made his professional debut in 2006 and went on to win his first seven fights mostly while competing in regional organizations in Massachusetts. Funch was signed to a UFC contract in 2009 but dropped his first two bouts against Johnny Hendricks and Claude Patrick before earning his release from the promotion. It took the hard-hitting jiu-jitsu specialist only one win while back on the local fight scene to earn his way back into the UFC. In his return to the organization, Funch was defeated by Mike Pyle via TKO at UFC 142 this past January.
Prediction – Miller Decision
Nick Catone vs. Chris Camozzi
Rising middleweight Nick Catone (9-2) will attempt to win his third straight bout inside the octagon when he meets TUF 11 participant Chris Camozzi (16-5) in a preliminary card bout at the UFC on FX 4 event.
Catone, 30, is a New Jersey based mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Almeida/Gracie. The former division 1 wrestler made his professional MMA debut in 2007 and won his first six bouts while competing primarily for Ring of Combat. Catone earned his way into the UFC in early-2009 and won his octagon debut, however back to back losses followed to put his status in doubt. He remained with the organization and has proven that he is a legitimate contender winning back to back bouts. He defeated Jesse Forbes in January 2010 and then won a unanimous decision over Constantinos Philippou at UFC 128 last March.
Camozzi, 25, is a California born mixed martial artist who fights out of Colorado with Factory X Muay Thai/MMA. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt made his professional debut in 2006 and won his first seven bouts and twelve of his first fifteen overall while fighting in Canada and the western United States’ regional events. Camozzi’s first big break came when he earned entry into The Ultimate Fighter 11 house, but he was forced to leave the house after it was found that he had injured his jaw. Camozzi returned at the live finale and won back to back bouts to begin his UFC career but was given his walking papers after losing a UFC 127 bout with Kyle Noke. His absence from the promotion was short lived fighting only one bout outside the organization before returning in late-2011. Since his return to the promotion, Camozzi has split a pair of fights losing at UFC 137 to Francis Carmont and defeating Dustin Jacoby at UFC on Fox this past January.
Prediction – Catone Decision
Rick Story vs. Brock Jardine
Former welterweight contender Rick “The Horror” Story (13-5) will try and work himself back into the title picture when he meets replacement fighter Brock Jardine (9-1) in a UFC on FX 4 preliminary card bout.
Story, 27, is a Washington born mixed martial artist who fights out of the Brave Legion in Tacoma. “The Horror” made his professional debut in November 2007 and won seven of his first nine while competing across Washington, Oregon, and Alaska in local events. After almost two years of touring the regional circuit, Story was brought into the UFC but lost his debut against fellow prospect John Hathaway. After a quick turnaround, Story went on to win his next six fights making himself a legitimate contender. Victories over Dustin Hazelett, Johnny Hendricks, and Thiago Alves put him a good position within the 170 pound division; however recent back to back losses have bumped him back down the ladder. Story lost against Charlie Brenneman at UFC Live in June 2011 and then again to Martin Kampmann at UFC 139 last November.
Jardine, 26, is a Utah based mixed martial artist who fights out of The Pit Elevated Fight in Orem. “The Machine” made his professional debut in October 2007 and won his first six bouts before falling to TUF 13 winner Tony Ferguson. Jardine bounced back from his first career loss by winning three straight fights. The Pure Combat, Xtreme Combat, and Showdown Fights veteran won his most recent fight this past May via TKO against veteran fighter Blas Avena.
Prediction – Story TKO
Matt Brown vs. Luis Ramos
Back on the upswing, Matt Brown (14-11) will try and prevent Brazilian Luis Ramos (19-7) from coming up with his first win inside the octagon when they meet at UFC on FX 4 in a preliminary card bout that will be fought at 170 pounds.
Brown, 31, is an Ohio born mixed martial artist who remains in-state and fights out of JG MMA in Cincinnati. The Judo specialist made his MMA debut in 2005 and won only seven of his first thirteen bouts while fighting in small organizations across the Midwestern United States. Brown earned his way into The Ultimate Fighter 7 house and was part of Team Forest advancing into the semifinals before losing. He returned at the live finale and won his official debut and was victorious in four of his first five overall inside the UFC. Just as quick as he rose up the welterweight ladder, he quickly fell after losing four of his next five. Brown reversed course once again and has won back to back bouts defeating Chris Cope at UFC 143 and Stephan Thompson at UFC 145.
Ramos, 31, is a Brazilian native who fights out of the legendary Nova Uniao team in his native country. The 5’8” Ramos made his professional debut in 2001 and spent almost ten years touring the regional fight scene in Brazil fighting for organizations like Shooto Brazil, Max Fight, and United Glory. Prior to earning his UFC debut, Ramos was victorious in three straight and nineteen of his first twenty-five overall. At UFC 134 earlier this year, Ramos was knocked (TKO) out in forty seconds by fellow Brazilian Erick Silva.
Prediction – Brown TKO
Steven Siler vs. Joey Gambino
The Ultimate Fighter 14 quarterfinalist “Super” Steven Siler (20-9) will attempt to ruin Joey Gambino’s (9-0) octagon debut at UFC on FX 4 in a preliminary card bout that will be contested in the featherweight division.
Siler, 25, is a California born mixed martial artist who fights out of Oren, Utah with The Pit Elevated. “Super” made his professional debut in April of 2005 and spent almost six years on the regional circuit fighting in a variety of organizations winning eighteen of his first twenty-seven contests. The Throwdown Showdown, PFC, and UCE veteran made his debut after a quarterfinal round finish on The Ultimate Fighter 14 with Team Miller. Siler hasn’t officially lost while with the UFC, winning his TUF 14 finale bout by outpointing Josh Clopton and then picking up his second consecutive victory at UFC on FX over Cole Miller.
Gambino is a New York born mixed martial artist who fights out of the Canadian based Tri-Star Gym. The 5’7” Gambino made his professional debut in late-2009 and has produced eight stoppage victories in nine total fights. The submission specialist has appeared in seven different organizations over his two plus years as a professional. The Mixed Fight League, VFL, and Ringside MMA veteran won his only bout this year at CFFC 13 in February with a decision over veteran Kenny Foster.
Prediction – Siler Submission
Ramsey Nijem vs. CJ Keith
The Ultimate Fighter 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem (5-2) will attempt to win back to back fights inside the octagon when he meets undefeated UFC rookie CJ Keith (8-0) in a UFC on FX 4 preliminary card bout in the lightweight division.
Nijem, 24, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of Oren, Utah with the Riven Academy. Nijem made his professional debut in April of 2008 and won four of his first five while competing in different Utah based regional organizations. The well rounded Nijem earned a position in the TUF 13 house and ran through the competition until falling to Tony Ferguson at the June 2011 Finale. He bounced back in his lightweight debut last October at UFC 137 with a decision victory over Danny Downes.
Keith, 25, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of Pro Buhawe. The five year professional made his MMA debut in September 2007 and won his first five bouts with only two stoppages. His last three victories have all been via TKO or KO including an October 2011 TKO victory over John Reedy. Keith has competed in both California based TWC and Cage Gladiators organizations throughout his career.
Prediction – Keith Decision
Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas
Former Japanese and Canadian Champion Hatsu Hioki (26-4-2) will attempt to get closer to a UFC title shot when he meets the reeling Ricardo Lamas (11-2) in a UFC on FX 4 preliminary card bout.
Hioki, 28, is a Japanese native who fights out of ALIVE Shooto Jiu-Jitsu Academy as well as part-time for the Tri-Star Gym in Canada. The submission expert made his professional debut in October 2002 and lost only three times over his first twenty-two bouts fighting for notable organizations like Shooto, Hero’s, PRIDE , and TKO. Hioki signed with Sengoku in 2009 and won five of his six fights for one of the top promotions in Japan including the Featherweight Title. Losing only one time over his last fourteen fights earned him a promotion into the UFC in late 2011. Since signing with the top MMA organization in the world, Hioki has won back to back bouts. He defeated George Roop at UFC 137 and then Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144 this February.
Lamas, 30, is an Illinois based mixed martial artist who fights out of the Top Notch gym in Elmhurst. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt made his professional debut in January 2008 and won his first five fights while fighting in regional organizations. He signed with the WEC in early-2009 and won four of his six bouts there including wins over Palaszewski and James Krause. When the WEC closed their doors, Lamas was one of the fighters to transition into the UFC. So far he has won via TKO over Matt Grice at UFC Live last summer and submitted Cub Swanson at UFC on Fox last November.
Prediction – Hioki Submission
Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson
The Ultimate Fighter 9 winner Ross Pearson (13-5) will meet grappling specialist Cub Swanson (16-5) in a UFC on FX 4 main card bout that will be fought at 145 pounds.
Pearson, 27, is an English based mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Rough House in his native Great Britain, and also with The Alliance in California. The Judo based fighter made his professional debut in 2004 and won eight of his first eleven while competing on the British regional circuit. Pearson earned a position on The Ultimate Fighter 9 Team UK squad and captured the title with a June 2009 decision victory over Andre Winner. Victories over Aaron Riley and Denis Siver followed his debut win before he lost his first bout inside the octagon. Over his last four fights, Pearson has alternated wins with losses, however did earn the victory in his most recent fight at UFC 141 over Junior Assuncao.
Swanson, 28, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of Jackson’s Submission Fighting in New Mexico. Swanson made his professional debut in the summer of 2004 and won nine of his first ten overall while fighting for King of the Cage and Total Combat promotions. The well rounded fighter made his way into the WEC in early-2007 winning five of his eight bouts from March 2007 – November 2010. Among the opponents that he claimed victories over in the promotion include Micah Miller, Hiroyuki Takaya and Mackens Semerzier. Swanson made the move into the UFC when the WEC closed their lighter weight divisions and has since split a pair of bouts. A loss to Ricardo Lamas last November at the original UFC on Fox was followed by a victory at UFC on Fox 2 via KO over George Roop.
Prediction – Pearson TKO
Brian Ebersole vs. TJ Waldburger
Surging veteran Brian Ebersole (49-14-1, NC) will attempt to keep his perfect octagon record when he welcomes TJ Waldburger (15-6) in a welterweight meeting on the UFC on FX 4’s main card.
Ebersole, 31, is an Indiana born mixed martial artist who fights out of Melbourne, Australia with ESS Performance. The multi-talented Ebersole made his professional debut in 2000 and won eleven of his first seventeen bouts. He hit his stride in April 2002 – September 2002 when he rattled off ten straight victories. He stayed fighting on the regional circuit for over a decade after winning eleven of his final twelve bouts. He signed with the UFC in early 2011 and has won all three of his fights up to date. He defeated Chris Lytle at UFC 127 in February 2011, Dennis Hallman at UFC 133 last August, and Claude Patrick at UFC 140 last December.
Waldburger, 24, is a Texas based mixed martial artist who fights out of the Grapplers Lair. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt made his professional debut in 2005 and won twelve of his first seventeen fights while competing for notable organizations such as Shark Fights, HDNet Fights, and IFC. Waldburger landed in the UFC in 2010 and has since won three of his four fights inside the octagon. A win in his octagon debut was followed by a March 2011 loss to current number one contender Johnny Hendricks. After losing to Hendricks however, he has put together back to back victories defeating Mike Stumpf at UFC Fight Night 25 and Jake Hecht at UFC on FX this March.
Prediction – Ebersole TKO
Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher
Longtime UFC veterans Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout (17-7-1) and Spencer Fisher (24-8) will meet in a UFC on FX 4 main card brawl that will be contested at 155 pounds.
Stout, 28, is an Ontario, Canada native who fights out of Team Tompkins in his native country. The kickboxing specialist made his professional debut in June of 2003 and won eight of his first ten overall while fighting mostly in the TKO organization. “Hands of Stone” won only one of his first three inside the octagon; however his victory came over his current opponent Spencer Fisher at UFC 58 in March of 2006. Stout bounced around the regional scene for a short time before returning back into the UFC for good. Fisher won only one of his first three to begin his second stint inside the octagon but followed with four victories over his next five bouts. Stout lost his most recent fight at UFC 142 this past January via unanimous decision against Thiago Tavares.
Fisher, 36, is a North Carolina born mixed martial artist who has relocated to Iowa where he fights out of Team Evolution. The boxing based fighter made his professional debut in 2002 and won an impressive fourteen of his first fifteen bouts while on the regional fight circuit competing for organizations like Extreme Challenge, Super Brawl, and Victory FC. Fisher was brought into the UFC in 2005 and won his first two bouts over opponents Thiago Alves and Aaron Riley. Since his quick start to his UFC career, Fisher has alternated wins and losses including his career high three fight winning streak in 2008-09. Recently, Fisher hasn’t seen much success losing four of his last five fights inside the octagon including an August 2011 TKO defeat by Thiago Tavares.
Prediction – Stout TKO
Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida
Former title challenger Gray “The Bully” Maynard (10-1-1, NC) will try and re-enter his name back into challenger status when he meets fellow 155 pound contender Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (29-12) in a UFC on FX 4 main event.
Maynard, 33, is an Arizona born mixed martial artist who now fights out of American Kickboxing Academy in California. “The Bully” made his professional debut in April 2006 and won only twice on the regional fight scene before earning a position on The Ultimate Fighter 5. Part of Team Penn, Maynard advanced into the semifinals before losing via submission against winner Nate Diaz. The former Michigan State wrestler fought Rob Emerson to a no contest in his official octagon debut in the TUF 5 Finale; however Maynard went on an impressive eight fight winning streak after. Victories over Frankie Edgar, Kenny Florian, and Jim Miller were among the opponents that Maynard defeated during the streak. His long streak earned him a chance to fight for the title, which he fought then-Champ Frankie Edgar to a draw at UFC 125. The result was controversial and UFC officials scheduled a third bout between the two top lightweights; this time Edgar knocked Maynard out at UFC 136 late last year.
Guida, 30, is an Illinois born mixed martial artist who now fights out of Jackson’s Submission Fighting in New Mexico. “The Carpenter” made his professional debut in July 2003 and won eighteen of his first twenty-two while spending almost three years on the regional circuit fighting in organizations like Xtreme Fighting Organization, King of the Cage, and Extreme Challenge. Guida won the Strikeforce lightweight title in 2006 and won one bout for the WEC organization in 2006. The fast paced lightweight made the move into the UFC in 2006 and lost three of his first five under the bright lights. He rebounded with three straight victories before dropping a pair once again in 2009. Guida had gotten his career back on track recently but had an impressive four fight winning streak snapped with a November 2011 UFC on Fox loss to current Champion Benson Henderson.
Prediction – Guida Decision
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