New York, NY, April 15, 2010 – Two action-packed prelims from the highly-anticipated “ALDO vs. FABER” event will telecast live on Spike TV from the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA on Saturday, April 24 (9:00-10:00pm ET/6:00-7:00pm PT). “Aldo vs. Faber Prelims Live” will feature former “The Ultimate Fighter” season one contestant Alex Karalexis (10-4) against Anthony Pettis (8-1) in a battle of lightweight (155 lb) contenders and Leonard Garcia (17-5-1) vs. Chan Sung Jung (10-1) in a featherweight (145 lb) contest.
Karalexis, fighting out of Las Vegas, honed his mixed martial arts skills in the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and made an immediate impact on the world scene at the “The Ultimate Fighter 1” finale in April 9, 2005 with a win over Josh Rafferty. Karalexis has won four of his last six fights, including a first round TKO win over Greg McIntyre in March 2009.
23-year-old Milwaukee native Pettis is an up-and-coming lightweight contender who trains with UFC veteran Pat Barry and is a protégé of Muay Thai trainer Duke Roufus. A winner of two of his last three contests, Pettis will look to utilize his rapid-fire combination of heavy-handed punches, high kicks, knees, and elbows to defeat the veteran Karalexis.
Training under world-renowned coach Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, N.M., Garcia has fought many of the world’s toughest contenders, including Roger Huerta, Jens Pulver, Cole Miller, and Manny Gamburyan. One of the sport’s most entertaining fighters, the Lubbock, Texas native aims to utilize his superior standup skills versus the South Korean dynamo, Jung.
Nicknamed the “Korean Zombie,” Jung is a brash 23-year-old making his debut fight on American soil against Garcia. Renowned for being able to deliver, as well as absorb, incredible amounts of punishment, Jung is an explosive fighter with an unyielding will to win.
“Aldo vs. Faber” will air live on Pay-Per-View Saturday, April 24 directly following the Spike TV telecast at 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT.
“Countdown to Aldo vs. Faber” airs on Spike TV Wednesday, April 21 at 12:00am midnight.