UFC Fight Night 42: 5 Prelim Fighters Worth Keeping Tabs on
On Saturday, the UFC will make its way to the home of Walter White—Albuquerque, New Mexico—for UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov.
The main event features the former lightweight champ, Benson Henderson, facing off against rising prospect Rustam Khabilov. The co-main event has Diego Sanchez taking on Ross Pearson, and the third fight has John Dodson taking on John Moraga at flyweight.
The main card is sure to produce some fireworks, but there are some top fighters on the undercard. It includes Strikeforce veterans, a former title challenger, a champion's younger brother and more.
Let's check out five fighters in the prelims worth keeping tabs on.
Sergio Pettis is the younger brother of current UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, although Sergio is a pretty good fighter in his own right.
He has now had two UFC fights, and his overall record is 10-1 with six finishes. His only loss came in his previous fight, by third-round rear-naked choke at the hands of Alex Caceres. Although he lost, he still took home Fight of the Night.
Pettis' first UFC fight saw him earn a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) over Will Campuzano, which snapped a five-fight winning streak of his.
Of Pettis' six finishes, he had two knockouts with head kicks, one with punches. Of his submissions, he had an arm-triangle choke, a guillotine choke and a kimura. All three submissions came in the first round.
Pettis will face Yaotzin Meza in a bantamweight fight in the final contest of the prelims.
Scott Jorgensen was a one-time UFC title challenger, but now he finds himself probably fighting for his job.
Jorgensen has lost five of his last six, including two in a row since dropping to flyweight. His most recent fight saw him take on Jussier Formiga, and get submitted in just over three minutes. Jorgensen hadn't lost in the first round in eight years.
Jorgensen's record currently sits at 14-9, and of those 14 wins, he has seven finishes and seven decision victories. He prefers submissions, as he has five of those and just two knockouts.
A win will mean Jorgensen keeps his job, while a loss could send him to free agency. He'll face Danny Martinez in a flyweight fight on Fox Sports 1.
Danny Martinez is gearing up for his second UFC outing, and I'm sure he's hoping to be victorious this time. Martinez' first fight came against Chris Cariaso at UFC 169, and Cariaso took the unanimous decision.
Martinez' record in his career is 16-5, but his losses have come against some top competition. In 2010 he lost to Jussier da Silva, in 2008, Joseph Benavidez and in 2007, Mark Hominick.
Martinez is largely a finisher, with eight wins by knockout and three by submission. In addition to being a finisher, in his five losses, he has not been finished.
A fight against Scott Jorgensen is perfect for a guy like Martinez. He gets another chance to fight a veteran, although this veteran may be on his last legs. It's also a chance for Jorgensen to get back on track with a solid victory.
Jon Tuck is preparing for his third UFC fight, although he did have one UFC exhibition fight when he fought Al Iaquinta in the entry round of The Ultimate Fighter: Live.
In Tuck's first appearance, he beat Tiequan Zhang by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28) in Zhang's return to the lightweight division. Tuck followed that up by dropping a unanimous decision to Norman Parke, winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes.
Tuck is a finisher, and of his seven wins he has finished his opponent in six. Of those six there are three knockouts and three submissions by rear-naked choke.
Tuck will face Jake Lindsey in a lightweight match in the first fight on Fox Sports 1.
Jake Lindsey is preparing to make his UFC debut on Saturday when he takes on Jon Tuck. Lindsey is 9-0 as a professional, and he made his debut in mid-2010.
Lindsey is another finisher, scoring seven finishes in his nine wins. Of those seven finishes, he has four knockouts—three in a row and counting—one submission to punches and two rear-naked chokes. Also, five wins came in the first round.
Several of Lindsey's past opponents have gone on to fight in Bellator, and Lindsey is definitely ready for his UFC debut.
Lindsey faces Jon Tuck in the second fight of the night, and the first on Fox Sports 1.