PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Bantamweight: George Roop vs. Reuben Duran
The first fight of the night will see George Roop make his second UFC appearance this year after a loss in January to Cub Swanson. It also marks his first time as bantamweight. Standing in his way is Reuben Duran, who is 2-2 since joining the UFC two years ago. He holds two first round finishes.
Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Issei Tamura
The only other bantamweight bout on the card has T.J. Dillashaw looking to keep his current roll going after two wins last year. His only UFC loss was when John Dodson beat him to become the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 14. Issei Tamura went 1-1 last year and is making his second appearance at 135 pounds. That debut witnessed an early TKO loss in round two opposite Raphael Assunção.
Welterweight: Rick Story vs. Quinn Mulhern
Rick Story and Quinn Mulhern close out the Facebook portion of this loaded card. After Story was close to a title shot, he has since seen better days. He’s 1-3 in his last set of fights with top ranked Demian Maia and Martin Kampmann handing him defeat. Mulhern comes in from Strikeforce and this will be his first fight in 10 months. He won in his only Strikeforce fight as the other was cancelled with the September card.
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
Lightweight: John Makdessi vs. Daron Cruickshank
The FX portion of the preliminary card has John Makdessi looking to stay above .500 as he sits at 3-2 for the UFC. He took his third decision win over Sam Stout in November. Makdessi has never lost a fight out of Canada. Daron Cruickshank has six consecutive wins with the last one taking place in 2012 for the UFC. In his last fight, Cruickshank knocked Henry Martinez out with a head kick.
Welterweight: Dan Miller vs. Jordan Mein
Dan Miller almost didn’t make it in the UFC after three losses in a row to highly ranked middleweights. He recovered with a pair of wins before he took two decision losses in 2011. Last year, he earned Submission of the Night in his welterweight debut. Jordan Mein was 2-1 for Strikeforce with a split-decision loss to prospect Tyron Woodley. He will have home field advantage in this one.
Featherweight: Antonio Carvalho vs. Darren Elkins
The only featherweight fight of the night has Antonio Carvalho looking to keep his winning steak alive. He was busy last year with four UFC fights, three of which he won. Only one of those didn’t go to judges. Since becoming a featherweight in the summer of 2011, Darren Elkins has won his last four via decision. The most recent victory was in November.
Welterweight: Patrick Côté vs. Bobby Voelker
After debating the idea for about a year, Patrick Côté went ahead and dropped to welterweight. He lost to champion Anderson Silva then was released after two more losses. He needed four wins to get another chance inside the Octagon and is now 1-1. He gave Cung Le his first UFC win then took a disqualification win against Alessio Sakara. Bobby Voelker comes in directly from Strikeforce. He went 4-1 for them, stopping the last two in the second round. He’s been out of action for some time, last competing in July 2011.