By: TIM MUTOHFAN
Benavidez is coming off of a Performance of the Night effort when he won via submission (guillotine choke) over Tim Elliot at UFC 172 in April of this year. This will be Joseph’s 2nd fight since losing by knock out to Demetrious Johnson in December in an attempt to take away “Mighty Mouse’s” UFC Flyweight title. Benavidez brings a record of 20-4 (7-2 inside the UFC). This will be his first appearance in his home state of Texas under the UFC banner.
Tennessee native Dustin Ortiz will be making his fifth appearance in the UFC in his tussle with Benavidez. He is currently riding a two fight win streak, beating Ray Borg in April and Justin Scoggins in July of 2014. Ortiz has compiled a record of 14-3 (4-1 in the UFC).
Also added to the November 22 event is a women’s strawweight fight between Kailin Curren and Paige Vanzant. The two were originally scheduled to meet on Oct. 4th in Halifax, Canada, but this bout was shifted after Vanzant suffered a spinal injury. She recently commented about her injury on her Facebook, “I left Sacramento to come back to my home state and have been in intense physical therapy from a spine injury. I do not have insurance coverage in California and I have not been given the okay to train at this time.” She said “I am working to get better.”
Curren the 23 year old Hawaii native is currently undefeated with a record of 3-0 in her young MMA career. This will be her debut with the MMA leader
Vanzant, 20 years old from Nevada is also making her UFC debut, she brings in a 3-1 record.
The three time All-American wrestler from Oklahoma State University, Jared Rosholt, will be making his fourth appearance in the Octagon. He is currently undefeated in the UFC, marking off three straight wins over, Walt Harris, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Soa Palelei. He has an overall record of 11-1 (3-0 with the UFC)
37 year old Russian born, Oleksiy Oliynyk will be fighting in the UFC for the second time in his career. His first trip into the Octagon was a successful one, beating Anthony Hamilton via submission (via neck crank) at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stevens, June of 2014. This will mark the 60th fight of his professional Mixed Martial Arts career. He has amassed an astounding record of 49 (an amazing 40 wins by submission)-9-1, with the results of his first MMA fight not available, he has the rare distinction of having a 1 in the unknown column.
The October 25th event added a flyweight fight to its card.
Scott Jorgensen was prepared to fight Henry Cejudo on the prelims of UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 (later added to Soto). And, in what seemed to be the trend on that particular event Cejudo couldn’t make weight, so he withdrew leaving Mr. Jorgensen with no opponent and off the fight card entirely. It was a shame for Scott, see as he is on the outside looking in at the top of the flyweight division.
But don’t mourn for Jorgensen too long, he has some new business coming up in October, that business being with Wilson Reis. The two will square off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the undercard of the event headlined by the second bout between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes for the UFC Featherweight title.
Jorgensen who had been hoping to get a rematch with Jussier Formiga, after their fight ended in controversy in March on the undercard of Shogun vs. Henderson 2 earlier this year. That will have to wait a little bit longer as a fight with Wilson Reis now occupies his time.
Wilson Reis is looking to win his second UFC fight in a row; he defeated Joby Sanchez in August at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos.
A light heavyweight battle was added to this ever growing event, as Fabio Maldonado will be squaring off with Hans Stringer.
Maldonado an eight fight UFC will be stepping into the Octagon for the first time since his TKO loss to Stipe Miocic in May on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Finale. Maldonado has a record of 4-4 in the UFC (21-7 overall).
This will be Stringer’s 2nd fight with the UFC; his first trip inside the Octagon was a successful one as he defeated Francimar Barroso via split decision in March on UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Born in the Netherlands, Stringer has an impressive record of 22-5-3 (1-0 with the UFC).
Lightweights James Vick and Nick Hein have been added to the Austin, Texas UFC event.
Ultimate Fighter veteran James Vick is undefeated in his young MMA career, including 2-0 with the UFC (6-0 overall). His last win was of the unanimous decision variety over Valmir Lazaro in August, 2014 on the undercard of UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos.
German born Nick Hein will be making his second fight with the UFC; his first was a unanimous decision win over Mark Goddard in May, 2014 at the UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi event. He brings a record of 11-1 with 1 no contest (1-0) with the UFC.
The Fights already announced for UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2
UFC Featherweight Championship: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
Light Heavyweight: Glover Texeira vs. Phil Davis
Flyweight: Scott Jorgensen vs. Wilson Reis
Featherweight: Jeremy Stevens vs. Lucas Martins
Featherweight: Felipe Arantes vs. Andre Fili
Light Heavyweights: Fabio Maldonado vs. Hans Stringer.
Lightweight: James Vick vs. Nick Hein