dan-miller-12.jpgIn addition to the other fights we covered in today’s USA TODAY UFC 158 pullout section, several matchups are flying under the radar. Here are the favorites of the MMAjunkie.com staffers:

Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven), staff reporter
Fight: Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring
How to watch: Pay-per-view main card (10 p.m. ET)
The skinny: Camozzi (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Ring (13-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), two veterans from The Ultimate Fighter reality series, are always close to the middleweight division’s top 15, so the winner should take a big step forward. Camozzi’s striking can make him a wild card, but he seems to be fighting smarter lately (and three consecutive UFC wins are nothing to sneeze at). He needs to fight tall against Ring, whose grappling might be superior. Both, however, like a good scrap. Fans haven’t seen the best of Ring yet, and Camozzi might bring that out.

Matt Erickson (@MMAjunkieMatt), assistant editor
Fight: Antonio Carvalho vs. Darren Elkins
How to watch: FX-televised prelims (8 p.m. ET)
The skinny: Elkins (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is in elite company at featherweight with four consecutive UFC wins. Apart from champion Jose Aldo, that puts him up there with only Ricardo Lamas and Cub Swanson for the division’s longest active streak. The knock on the former Indiana state high school wrestling champion is that, while a 4-0 record since his drop down from lightweight is impressive, the unanimous decisions aren’t setting the world on fire. But if Elkins can manage any kind of stoppage against Carvalho (15-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who looks for his third consecutive win, his name certainly will be elevated and he can expect a top-10 opponent next.

Ben Fowlkes (@BenFowlkesMMA), columnist
Fight: Jordan Mein vs. Dan Miller
How to watch: FX-televised prelims (8 p.m. ET)
The skinny: UFC President Dana White had one word to describe the fighters imported from the now-defunct Strikeforce organization: hungry. The way Mein (26-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has fought in his last few outings, it’s more like he’s downright starving. He’ll get his first test in the UFC against veteran submission expert Miller (14-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC), who’s 1-0 in the UFC since dropping from middleweight to welterweight. Can Mein’s appetite for success overpower his octagon jitters in his long-awaited UFC debut?

John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn), lead staff reporter
Fight: Daron Cruickshank vs. John Makdessi
How to watch: FX-televised prelims (8 p.m. ET)
The skinny: When TUF 15 cast member Cruickshank (12-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Canadian slugger Makdessi (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) meet in the octagon, it’s hard to imagine a result anything short of pure fireworks. Both lightweights boast extensive training backgrounds in traditional striking arts, and each has scored a recent highlight-reel knockout. Both 27, Cruickshank and Makdessi look to prove they are genuine contenders in the UFC’s incredibly deep 155-pound division. “The Detroit Superstar” and “The Bull” seem certain to please.

Dann Stupp (@MMAjunkieDann), editor-in-chief
Fight: George Roop vs. Reuben Duran
How to watch: Facebook-streamed prelims (6:35 p.m. ET)
The skinny: Whether he’s on the winning or losing end, Roop (12-9-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC) has a flair for the dramatic. Although his two UFC stints have seen mixed results, he has knocked out opponents with head kicks and body punches while putting on entertaining fights in several divisions. But against well-rounded Duran (8-4-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC), Roop makes a big cut down to 135 pounds. Roop, who at 6-1 towers over 5-6 Duran, said it had been his easiest weight cut yet. That height and reach advantage could be a major factor in this potential loser-leaves- town bout.

For more on UFC 158, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Dan Miller)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Mousasi vs. Hall 2 - Fantasy Cheat Sheet

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 views

In today's fantasy preview, we're going to examine some of the key fights coming up on Saturday for UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2. read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Fantasy Cheat Sheet

  • 2 days ago
  • 0 views

In today's fantasy preview, we'll examine some of the key fights on this card to see who comes out on top in some of these ultra competitive matchups and if there might be an upset brewing at The Ult read news >>

Video: Watch today's TUF 24 Finale ceremonial weigh-ins live on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET

  • 22 hours ago
  • 12 views

LAS VEGAS – The TUF 24 Finale ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place today, and you can catch a live stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT).Filed under: News, UFC, Vide read news >>

Bellator 166 live video stream and official results (7:15 p.m. ET)

  • 22 hours ago
  • 8 views

Bellator 166 takes place today, and you can join us for a live video stream and official results beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET (4:15 p.m. PT).Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Bellator 167 weigh-in results and live stream (5:30 p.m. ET)

  • 22 hours ago
  • 15 views

The weigh-ins for Saturday’s Bellator 167 event take place today, and you can watch a live stream on MMAjunkie at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

TUF 24 Finale official weigh-in video and photos from Las Vegas

  • 15 hours ago
  • 7 views

LAS VEGAS – The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale official fighter weigh-ins took place today, and MMAjunkie was on scene for the proceedings.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC's Roy Nelson publicly apologizes to ref John McCarthy after post-fight kick-push

  • 14 hours ago
  • 9 views

LAS VEGAS – UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson today apologized for kick-pushing referee John McCarthy at UFC Fight Night 95, which could clear the way for a reduced punishment from a Brazil’s sports court.F read news >>

Pro Wrestling and the Art of Political Storytelling | FIGHTLAND

  • 16 days ago
  • 11 views

Photo by Jeremy Long-USA TODAY Sports This story first appeared on Vice Sports. Pro wrestling is political. This must be reiterated and placed forcefully at the center of its methods of storytelling. read news >>

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie Rankings, Nov. 15: With 2 belts, a No. 1 spot in 2 divisions

  • 16 days ago
  • 10 views

Thanks to Conor McGregor’s first-of-its-kind achievement, we’ve got a first in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie Rankings. By defeating Eddie Alvarez and adding a lightweight belt to his current feather read news >>

UFC Fight Night 99 pre-fight facts: Ross Pearson first to reach 5 fights in 2016

  • 16 days ago
  • 8 views

For the first time since November 2014 the UFC will host two events in one day, and the first half of Saturday’s doubleheader will see UFC Fight Night 99 take place at SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern read news >>