UFC 158 takes place on March 16th, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Since the last update five new matchups have been added to the UFC 158 lineup. Mike Ricci versus Colin Fletcher, Antonio Carvalho versus Darren Elkins, Johnny Eduardo versus Yves Jabouin, Sean Pierson versus Rick Story, and Mitch Gagnon versus Issei Tamura.
The runner up of The Ultimate Fighter season 16 Mike Ricci (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC, 0-1 BFC) may have come up short as a Welterweight, but will be making his Lightweight debut against the TUF: Smashes Lightweight tournament finalist Colin Fletcher (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Tristar’s Ricci made a name for himself fighting on the local scene here in Montreal, but really turned heads when he went to the finals of TUF 16 at a higher weight class than his own. Ricci lost a unanimous decision to a much bigger Colton Smith how possessed a superb wrestling game, and controlled Ricci for all three rounds. His opponent Colin Fletcher, made a name for himself in the United Kingdom before appearing on TUF: Smashes. Fletcher gained notoriety for his “Freakshow” persona. He lost in the finals to Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke by unanimous decision. Like Ricci in his bout with Smith, Fletcher was unable to impose his striking again against the grappler. Three months removed from their UFC debuts what game plan will these Lightweights bring into the octagon as it’s “The Martian” versus “The Freakshow.”
Both Antonio Carvalho (15-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Darren Elkins (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) were successful in their last bouts at UFC 154 in Montreal. Carvalho is riding a two-fight win streak, while Top 10 ranked Elkins is riding a four fight win streak. Both fighters are pretty much even as well rounded fighters with knockout, submission and decision victories. Elkins dominated Steven Siler in his last bout to win the unanimous decision, he also has notable victories over Tiquan Zhang, Diego Brandao, Michihiro Omigawa, and Duane Ludwig. Carvalho has notable victories over Rodrigo Damm, Daniel Pineda, Douglas Evans, Takeshi Inoue, and Hatsu Hioki. These two Featherweights will collide to rise the rankings and eventually earn a title shot.
Former Featherweight Yves “The Tiger” Jabouin (18-8 MMA, 3-2 UFC, 1-2 WEC) fights for the fifth time at Bantamweight when he faces two bout UFC veteran Johnny Eduardo (26-9 MMA, 1-1 UFC). In a battle of Tristar versus Black House Jabouin looks to bounce back from a knockout loss to Brad Pickett in September, when Eduardo looks to continue his win streak after besting Jeff Curran in May of 2012. After fighting 14 of 26 bouts in Quebec, Jabouin returns with the UFC on March 16th in Eduardo’s fifth bout outside of Brazil in a striker versus submission expert bout.
Sean Pierson (13-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) squares off against Rick Story (14-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the sixth Welterweight bout on the card. Pierson is coming off a unanimous decision win over Lance Benoist at UFC 152, and is currently riding his first UFC win streak with two victories. After back-to-back wins over Johny Hendricks and Thiago Alves, Rick Story was once considered a top prospect in the Welterweight division. However, he suffered two consecutive losses, and suffered a first round submission loss to Damian Maia at UFC 153 in his last bout. The two will meet each other in challenging bout for both athletes.
Mitch Gagnon (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Issei Tamura (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) both step back into the octagon for their third bout in the UFC. Former Ringside MMA Featherweight champion Gagnon had a rough start when he lost his debut against Bryan Caraway at UFC 149. Tamura on the other hand won his UFC debut with a knockout of Tiquan Zhang at UFC 144. Gagnon bounced back from the loss with an aggressive and impressive rear-naked choke submission win over Walel Watson at UFC 152. While Tamura suffered a TKO loss to Rafael Assunsao in his Bantanweight debut at UFC on UFC on FUEL TV in July. Of Gagnon’s nine wins all have come by way of submission. His opponent Tamura has knockout ability be mainly goes the distance. Gagnon will attempt to remain undefeated at the Bell Centre, when Tamura fights outside of Japan for the second time.
Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz – for welterweight title
Jake Ellenberger vs. Johny Hendricks
Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring
Jordan Mein vs. Dan Miller
Daron Cruickshank vs. John Makdessi
Patrick Cote vs. Bobby Voelker
Mike Ricci vs. Colin Fletcher
Antonio Carvalho vs. Darren Elkins
Johnny Eduardo vs. Yves Jabouin
Sean Pierson vs. Rick Story
Mitch Gagnon vs. Issei Tamura
**card subject to change**