As UFC fans check days off of their calendar in preparation for UFC 154 in Montreal, the Zuffa machine keeps going and going as two fights have been added to UFC 155, the annual New Year’s Eve Weekend event set to go down December 29 at the MGM in Las Vegas. Were it not already stacked enough, the show’s depth grew even more with the booking of bantamweight scraps between Brad Pickett-Eddie Wineland and Erik Perez-Byron Bloodworth.
The year-end card features Junior dos Santos defending his heavyweight belt against Cain Velasquez in the main event with other interesting fights set to take place such as Alan Belcher-Yushin Okami, Joe Lauzon-Gray Maynard, and Chris Weidman-Tim Boetsch.
At UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall, Wineland (19–8–1) was looking to rebound from a two-fight skid when he knocked out Scott Jorgensen in the closing minute of the second round. After earning his first UFC win and first Fight of the Night award, Wineland will look to string together a number of victories and remind fans of why he was once considered a top 135 pounder.
Pickett, undefeated in 2012, is coming off of a bonus-winning performance of his own, knocking out Yves Jabouin in the middle of the first round in front of 15,000 of his cheering countrymen last month when the UFC stopped in England. After dropping his first UFC bout, “One Punch” Pickett has strung together two wins and owns past victories over the likes of Ivan Menjivar and Demetrious Johnson.
Perez (12-4) picked up a knockout win over Ken Stone at UFC 150 in his last outing, scoring the fastest knockout in the organization’s bantamweight history at 17 seconds. Meanwhile, Bloodworth (6-2) will be fighting for the first time in 2012 when he gets into the cage with Perez and it will have been much more than a year since he was last in the Octagon.
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