UFC 158 Fight Card: Undercard Fighters You Won't Want to Miss

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2013

Jun 22, 2012; Atlantic City, NJ, USA; Rick Story celebrates his victory against Brock Jardine (not pictured) in a welterweight bout during UFC on FX at Revel Resort and Casino.  Rick Story won the fight by unanimous decision in the third round.  Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Before the long-awaited main card of UFC 158 finally gets underway, fight fans will be treated to some nice fans.

Sleep on the undercard if you will, but there's plenty of fighters worth watching.

From veterans trying to make their way back to the top to generally unknown fighters ready to make a big splash on the UFC stage, the lead-up to the pay-per-view should hook fans up with plenty of hype to keep them awake into the wee hours of the night.

Here's a look at the fighters you'll want to keep an eye on.


Jordan Mein

UFC fans will be familiar with Mein's opponent, Dan Miller. He's been fighting in the organization since 2009 and has been in the Octagon with some of the middleweight division's biggest names.

That being said, the 23-year-old Mein actually has more professional fights. He's 26-8 in his professional career and already has four fights under the Strikeforce banner under his belt.

With wins over Evangelista Santos, Marius Zaromskis and a split-decision loss to Tyrone Woodley on his resume, Mein has the tools to be a fast riser in the welterweight division.

Miller is always an opponent that is willing to put on a good scrap. He'll push Mein to show UFC fans what he can do in the cage.


Darren Elkins

Elkins seems to be flying under the radar heading into this card, but he's really on a roll right now.

He started off in the UFC as a lightweight in his first two fights and went 1-1. Since making the move down to featherweight, he's earned four straight victories.

After derailing both the Steven Siler and Diego Brandao hype trains, it's time to take Elkins serious. His grappling-heavy style may not make him a fan favorite, but if he continues to pick up impressive wins, he'll be making his way to the main card soon.

His fight with Antonio Carvalho should be a classic grappling match that will please fans of the ground game.


Rick Story

Once upon a time, Story was a top contender in the welterweight division. With wins against Johny Hendricks and Thiago Alves, it appeared he was ready for the bright lights of the main stage.

Now he enters a fight against Quinn Mulhern in what is likely a do-or-die fight. He's lost three of his last four fights, and it's unlikely he'll be keeping his job if he comes up short yet again.

Mulhern is a rangy fighter with good size for a welterweight with good size so he could make things interesting. Whether or not Story can keep his UFC career going is one of the more intriguing subplots of the night's fight card.