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Fearsome foursome of lightweights set for showdowns at UFC 131

An already-stacked card got even deeper on Monday when the UFC announced the addition of two more match-ups to the company’s June 11 visit to Vancouver for UFC 131. Headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Junior dos Santos, the event’s undercard will also now feature former WEC contender Donald Cerrone facing TUF 6 winner Mac Danzig and resurgent veteran Yves Edwards against Canadian striker Sam Stout.

The 20-8-1 Danzig is coming off a two-minute knockout of fellow Ultimate Fighter champ Joe Stevenson at UFC 124 after losing four of five prior to the crucial victory. His overall experience and grappling prowess should pose an interesting challenge for Cerrone with ten wins by way of submission and only a single knockout loss in nearly thirty professional fights.

His opponent, Cerrone, won his UFC debut last month as the result of a fight-ending Rear-Naked Choke against Paul Kelly. He is 14-3 overall in his career and has emerged with his hands raised the last three times he’s stepped into the cage including a submission of Chris Horodecki and Unanimous Decision over Jamie Varner in WEC.

The other pair of prodigious 155-pounders should join their peers in wowing onlookers as Edwards (40-16-1) and Stout (16-6-1) are both on hot streaks and love to stand. Edwards has won his last three fights including a pair of victories in the Octagon while Stout has found success in three of his previous four outings. Also notable, the 26-year old hasn’t been finished in nearly five years since being submitted by Ken Florian at the Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale.

Other fights on the UFC 131 card include Florian vs. Diego Nunes, Dustin Poirier vs. Rani Yahya, and Mark Munoz vs. Demian Maia.

PHOTO CREDIT – ZUFFA

9 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    Not a fan of Cerrone ( I respect his skill though)… I was hoping Kelly was going to KO him in his last outing… with that said there’s no denying Cerrone will most likely walk away with a 2nd rd Submission victory…

  • Niv says:

    Well I like the way the card is shaping up, should be a lot better than the last one in Vancouver (not complaining I enjoyed it).

    I was at the last one in my hometown and look forward to seeing this one even more.

    I hope JDS ko’s Lesnar, but then again, I don’t hate Lesnar like I used to either. Should be some good entertainment here, and if not well there’s always the porn star and tattoo convention in the stands that’s entertaining as well.

  • Dufresne says:

    I don’t see any way that Danzig wins this fight. I just don’t see him being better than Cerrone anywhere this fight might go.

    I like Sam Stout, but he’s got a tough fight in Yves. Yves has as many wins by submission as Stout does in his entire career (16), and he’s almost got as many wins by TKO (15) as he does submission wins. Stout is a very tough kid, but he’s got his work cut out for him here.

  • Creature says:

    Im a big Cerrone fan, i like his attitude, and believe hes got some good skills, and continually seems to be improving, im 100% positive hes got this in the bag, and i think mac may be cut or sent to strikeforce very sooon. stout vs edwards is gonna be possibly FOTN. idk who to pick in that one.. but ill go with stout via split dec

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I love the Stout vs Edwards fight, I think Stout wins by decision but it will be a fun one.
    Cowboy vs Danzig is tough to call, both have real skills everywhere but I think Danzig is more well rounded while Donald has reach, tough to call but will be exciting as heck to watch.

  • Angry Mike says:

    I agree with fanoftha33. But because Cerrone is bigger and has a reach advantage, I think he wins. Danzig may be a better technical striker, but I’m still picking Cerrone because of his physical advantages.

  • I dont think Danzig is a better technical anything…..i see this as a big mismatch.
    Yves vs. Stout….awesome.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Well, Danzig’s ko of Stephenson was a thing of beauty. It was pinpoint and precise, and I’d call that technical striking.

  • Dufresne says:

    I would say that Danzig has better boxing than Cerrone, but I think Cerrone has the better muay thai. And since Cerrone is the taller of the two, I think the striking matchup goes to Cerrone.

    I know fighter’s height isn’t the most accurate way of looking at a potential striking advantage, but I can’t find Danzig’s reach anywhere. It’s not even in his fighter profile at UFC.com.

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