PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Lightweight: Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte
Danny Castillo has been with the UFC for almost six years and has had some spectacular submissions. So much, that he took Submission of the Night honors four times. Etim returns after a year plus layoff due to injury. Renee Forte got chocked-out at UFC 153 after fighting mostly out of Brazil in his six year career.
Lightweight: Paul Sass vs. Danny Castillo
After three first round submission wins, with two of those earning honor titles, Paul Sass fell to an armbar in September. Danny Castillo has been on the WEC and UFC roster since 2008. He had four wins in a row before a knockout loss in October.
Featherweight: Andy Ogle vs. Josh Grispi
Andy Ogle spent most of his career as lightweight, before cutting to featherweight in his UFC debut. He lost a split-decision in September. Josh Grispi had 10 wins in a row, including four out of WEC all within the first round, before joining the UFC. He is yet to score a UFC win and sits at 0-3 under their name.
Middleweight: Tom Watson vs. Stanislav Nedkov
After two lengthy runs in Cage Rage and BAMMA, where he won their middleweight title, Tom Watson lost when the UFC came to England in September. Stanislav Nedkov entered the UFC undefeated with 12 wins. He lost to Thiago Silva over the fall via submission, but that became a no contest after the Brazilian tested positive for a banned substance.
Bantamweight: Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka
Vaughan Lee entered the UFC with a close loss. He went 1-1 last year with each call coming in round one via submission. After spending the last two years exclusively for Pancrase, Motonobu Tezuka lost in his first UFC show in November.
Flyweight: Tezuka Phil Harris vs. Ulysses Gomez
The first fight on the card sees Cage Warriors name Phil Harris make his second UFC appearance. He was choked out in his October debut for the promotion. Ulysses Gomez was knocked out in less than four minutes over the summer in what was his UFC debut.