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UFC 161: Prelim Breakdown

The UFC is back on pay-per-view, as they return to Canada. UFC 161 marks the promotion’s debut in Winnipeg and is headlined with light heavyweight action in Dan Henderson taking on Rashad Evans. Before the main event, let’s not forget about the preliminary card.

The prelims consist of six fights, with the first two airing on Facebook and the remainder taking place on FX.

UFC 161 is this Saturday, June 15, from the MTS Centre. The Facebook portion starts at 7 p.m. ET and the FX end kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. Immediately following the preliminary part, the PPV begins at 10 p.m. ET.

Stay with FightLine for UFC 161 play-by-play and the news that follows.

Bantamweight: Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague
The card opens with some bantamweight action. Yves Jabouin is 3-2 for the UFC and comes in off a loss. It is also his first appearance of 2013 since his March fight was scratched. Dustin Pague has a pair of losses, bringing his UFC stint to 1-3. His job could be on the line in this one.

Lightweight: Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire
The other Facebook contest has Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire. Clarke joined the UFC undefeated with nine wins, but hasn’t picked up one since signing on the dotted line. He’s stands at 0-2 for the promotion. Maguire is 2-2, dropping his last two. Those losses came between September and November of last year.

Bantamweight: Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
The FX part of the card is up next. Roland Delorme was unable to win The Ultimate Fighter, though the UFC gave him a shot. He’s 1-1 with his previous loss being switched to a no contest when his opponent’s drug test came back dirty. Figueroa is 2-2 for the UFC and took a loss in February.

Welterweight: Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson
Following an awful 2011 for Sean Pierson, the next year proved to be better. Pierson has two decision wins as he fights out of his home country. Kenny Robertson took his first UFC win this year. At the same time, he left with some extra cash by taking Submission of the Night.

Lightweight: Sam Stout vs. James Krause
Sam Stout has been with the UFC since 2006, trading wins and losses. One thing he’s known for is exciting fights, taking Fight of the Night on five occasions. James Krause enters the Octagon for the first time. He’s riding seven wins and is 19-4. He’s spent time for Titan FC, WEC and Bellator.

Welterweight: Tyron Woodley vs. Jake Shields
The preliminary card is headlined with two rising stars in the welterweight division. Tyron Woodley came in once Strikeforce closed and required 36 seconds to stop Jay Hieron in his UFC debut. Jake Shields returns following a suspension from last August. The substance wasn’t disclosed and his last win was overturned to a no contest as a result.