One of the world’s top featherweight prospects, Eric Kelly earned a signature win in his career with a second round TKO of former UFC lightweight champion, Jens Pulver at One FC 5. The win was his eighth in a row and his third for One FC, including wins against Mitch Chilson and Bae Young Kwon.
Honorio Banario earned a shot at a world title with an impressive third round TKO victory over Andrew Benibe at One FC 5. He suffered his first professional loss in February, when he was submitted by Bae Young Kwon in the second round by a rear naked choke at One FC 2.
Notable Wins: Joey Beltran, Tim Hague, Christian Morecraft
Philip De Fries
9-1 MMA / 2-1 UFC Record
Won 9 of Last 10 Fights
Notable Wins: Stav Economou, Rob Broughton, Oli Thompson
December 29th, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ultimate Fighter season 10 veteran, Matt Mitrione suffered his first career loss, when he lost a unanimous decision to Cheick Kongo at UFC 137. The loss snapped a five-fight win streak to start his young MMA career, including TKO victories over Kevin ‘Kimbo Slice’ Ferguson, Tim Hague, and Christian Morecraft.
Philip de Fries earned his second win inside the octagon at UFC on FOX 4, when he submitted fellow Brit, Oli Thompson in the second round with a rear naked choke. De Fries won his UFC debut by unanimous decision against Rob Broughton, but was knocked out by Stipe Miocic in his second appearance.
Notable Wins: Kendall Grove, Drew McFedries, Ricardo Almeida
15-9 MMA / 6-6 UFC Record
2 Fight Losing Streak
Notable Wins: Joe Vedepo, Thales Leites, James Irvin
November 17th, 2012
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Patrick Cote returned to the UFC after a four-fight win streak in the regional circuit, but dropped a unanimous decision to Cung Le at UFC 148. During his win streak, Cote defeated UFC veterans Kalib Starnes and Todd Brown, both by unanimous decision.
Alessio Sakara went 4-1 in the UFC from January of 2008 to March 2010, including knockout victories over James Lee, Joe Vedepo, and James Irvin. But then he became plagued with injuries, and has only fought since March of 2011. Both were losses to Chris Weidman and Brian Stann.
Notable Wins: George Sotiropoulos, Matt Wiman, Diego Nunes
16-5-1 MMA / 1-1 UFC Record
Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
Notable Wins: Casey Olson, Joe Soto, Mark Hominick
8-0 MMA / 1-0 UFC Record
8 Fight Win Streak
Notable Wins: Charon Spain, Al Iaquinta
15-5 MMA / 2-4 UFC Record
Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
Notable Wins: John Gunderson, Bendy Casimir, Yoislandy Izquierdo
UFC on FOX 5
December 8th, 2012
Michael Chiesa returns for the first time, since becoming the winner of 15th season of the Ultimate Fighter. He defeated Al Iaquinta in the first round by rear naked choke in the show’s finale. The win was Chiesa’s eighth career victory in as many professional fights.
Rafaello Oliveira likely saved his job in the UFC with a fairly one-sided unanimous decision victory over Yoislandy Izquierdo at UFC 148. The win snapped a two-fight losing streak, which consisted of a submission loss to Gleison Tibau and a TKO loss to Yves Edwards.
Notable Wins: Urijah Faber, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes
14-3-1 MMA / 9-3-1 UFC Record
2 Fight Losing Streak
Notable Wins: Sean Sherk, BJ Penn (x2), Gray Maynard
October 13th, 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jose Aldo looks to defend his UFC title belt for the fourth time since the UFC/WEC merger. Aldo made his UFC debut in April of last year, when he defeated Mark Hominick by unanimous decision. He has since earned a unanimous decision victory against Kenny Florian and a knockout win against Chad Mendes to retain the title.
Former UFC lightweight champion, Frank Edgar gets a shot at the title in his first UFC fight at 145 pounds. He has lost back-to-back controversial decisions to Ben Henderson, which has persuaded him to drop to featherweight. Edgar won the UFC 155 pound title in April of 2010 against BJ Penn, then defended it three times in a rematch with BJ Penn and twice against Gray Maynard.