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UFC On FOX 8: Prelim Breakdown

The UFC is back on FOX with their eighth installment. It’s headlined with another flyweight championship fight as Demetrious Johnson defends against John Moraga.

Before the main card, there’s still the prelims with 16 fighters stepping foot inside the Octagon. Two of those bouts air on Facebook and the other six on FX.

UFC on FOX 8 is this Saturday, July 27. It comes from the KeyArena in Seattle, WA and FightLine will have the play-by-play. The first fight takes place shortly after 5:15 p.m. ET with the FX part starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Below is a complete breakdown of the preliminary card.


Bantamweight: John Albert vs. Yaotzin Meza
The show opens with the only male bantamweights going at it. John Albert is 1-3 for the UFC with the losses concurrent. A loss here could be the end of his UFC run. Yaotzin Meza lost in his only UFC appearance to Chad Mendes. He took that bout on short notice.

Lightweight: Aaron Riley vs. Justin Salas
The Facebook end closes with one of many lightweight fights planned. Aaron Riley is even with the UFC at 3-3. Due to injuries, including a broken jaw, he hasn’t fought in nearly two years. Justin Salas stayed at .500 last year and comes off a defeat from Tim Means.


Women’s Bantamweight: Julie Kedzie vs. Germaine de Randamie
The first of two female fights opens FX as they both make their debut. Julie Kedzie comes off a pair of Strikeforce losses, which includes one from UFC No. 1 contender Miesha Tate. She hasn’t secured a win in over two years. Germaine de Randamie is Dutch and was 2-1 while with Strikeforce. This will be her sixth career fight.

Middleweight: Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith
The only middleweight contest on the card has Ed Herman taking on Trevor Smith. After Herman mounted several wins, he’s been sidetracked with two losses. He also tested positive for a banned substance at UFC 150. Smith will be making his UFC debut and is 10-3. On the final Strikeforce card in January, he was submitted by Tim Kennedy.

Lightweight: Yves Edwards vs. Daron Cruickshank
One of four consecutive lightweight fights is up next with Yves Edwards vs. Daron Cruickshank. Edwards, the veteran, will look for his first win of the year since a split-decision loss to Isaac Vallie-Flagg in February. Cruickshank suffered his first UFC loss to John Makdessi in March. He had won two in a row for the promotion before the decision defeat.

Lightweight: Mac Danzig vs. Melvin Guillard
Mac Danzig has somehow remained employed by the UFC. Following three straight losses, he was spared the pink slip and gone 3-3 since 2010. Melvin Guillard is a former lightweight title contender who could also be in need of a new job if he doesn’t win. His latest outings have seen him go 1-3.

Lightweight: Danny Castillo vs. Tim Means
Longtime WEC and UFC fighter Danny Castillo will look for his second win this year. He’s held several win streaks of three, always missing out when closing in on the Top 10. Tim Means had an impressive run for KOTC, taking their lightweight and welterweight gold. Following two wins for the UFC, he’s suffered a decision loss to Jorge Masvidal.

Lightweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Jorge Masvidal
The prelims close with The Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa. He’s undefeated with nine wins, having ended his two UFC appearances via rear-naked choke. Jorge Masvidal comes from Bellator and Strikeforce. In 2011, he challenged unsuccessfully for the Strikeforce belt. His UFC debut in April was a decision over Tim Means.

Check back tomorrow for a breakdown of the main card.