What was once suppose to be a do-or-die fight for Tito Ortiz has turned into a platform for a young, hungry contender to leap into superstardom.
Undefeated Phil Davis now takes on veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 24. It's the perfect fight for a Spike TV card, a guy looking to break out against an aging veteran looking for one last hurrah.
Let's take a closer look at all four fights.
What was originally slated as a rematch between Garcia and Nam Phan, has turned into a rematch between Garcia and The Korean Zombie.
Garcia is coming off of a very controversial split decision victory over Phan, one that most people thought he lost. It continued his irrational streak of weird decisions including his victory over Jung and his draw against George Roop. Garcia is a pedestrian 2-2-1 over the course of his last five bouts, all decisions. Garcia has shown that once he enters a fight, all strategy goes out the window. He is content with winging haymakers and looking active, rather than effectively attacking his opponents.
The Korean Zombie enters the fight on a two-fight losing skid. His last fight was a brutal head kick knockout by George Roop, while his other loss is the controversial decision to Garcia. KZ has developed a cult-like following in America after his balls to wall fight against Garcia. Jung tagged Garcia multiple times as the two swung at each other for three rounds like it was a bar-room brawl. Jung has seemed reluctant to show any other skills inside the Octagon, but he may need them if he plans on actually getting a victory over Garcia.
Amir Sadollah was originally scheduled to take on Duane Ludwig in this fight, but the veteran striker was forced off of the card thanks to an injury to his sternum. James Wilks stepped up right away to take the fight. Well, Wilks lasted as an opponent for a week or two until he too, was forced out of action. That leaves DaMarques Johnson to take on The Ultimate Fighter winner.
Amir Sadollah is one of those rare fighters who has had every one of his fights under the UFC banner. His professional debut was The Ultimate Fighter Finale when he defeated C.B. Dollaway. His second fight was a questionable loss to Johny Hendricks. Sadollah rebounded nicely with two straight decision wins before being smothered by Dong Hyun Kim for three full rounds. Yet again, Sadollah rebounded with a victory, this time over Peter Sobotta. Sadollah, who trains out of Xtreme Couture, has shown really slick muay thai in all of his fights. His Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also something to behold, especially at how young he is when it comes to mixed martial arts. It's fitting that Sadollah trains with Forrest Griffin, since he is almost a mirror image of him. Both of them have very technical and efficient striking, but neither one has shown to have any sort of knockout power.
Like Sadollah, Johnson has had quite the ups and downs during his UFC career. After losing in The Ultimate Fighter Finale to champion James Wilks, Johnson rattled off two straight victories. He dropped his next fight to Matt Riddle but responded with an impressive victory over Mike Guymon. Johnson likes to strike...