In between breaking news about your girlfriend's hairstyle and what your aunt had for lunch, Facebook will stream two UFC 128 preliminary fights for free, per MMAJunkie.
Disgustingly talented grapplers will be featured, as MMA veteran and BJJ black belt Ricardo Almeida takes on slick submissionist Mike Pyle from Xtreme Couture in a welterweight tilt. From the stacked lightweight division comes a match between fighters who are known for a little more power than finesse, as Kurt Pellegrino (a former student of Almeida) faces American Top Team's Gleison Tibau, a monstrous 155-pounder.
I was going to make a smart-ass, elitist comment about how those who can't appreciate a technical ground battle and only like stand-up KO's should pass on these fights, but it's not uncommon to see two grapplers deciding the outcome on the feet; their ground games somewhat neutralizing one another. Tune in either way just to be safe.
If that is the case, Mike Pyle has certainly looked sharp on his feet lately and should be a handful for the lanky Almeida. Interesting note on 20-7-1 Pyle: his first pro-fight in 1999 was against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, where he lost by decision, and he submitted Jon Fitch in his second.Despite fighting for over a decade, Almeida only has seventeen bouts on his record, and took a hiatus from 2004-2008 after stints in Pancrase, Pride, and the UFC. Since returning, he's gone 5-2 with wins over the likes of Kendall Grove and T.J. Grant, with Matt Hughes and Patrick Cote accounting for his two losses.
Kurt "Batman" Pellegrino is 16-5 overall, and just had a solid four-fight streak (Tavares, Emerson, Neer, Camoes) broken by Aussie George Sotiropoulous at UFC 116. Pellegrino is a mighty mouse in all areas, and has become a strong mixed martial artist in all aspects to complement his initial wrestling foundation.
21-7 Gleison Tibau has been clawing to stay afloat amidst the division with a mixed bag of wins of losses: since dropping from welterweight, Tibau's gone 6-4, though he's faced top competition throughout. This should be a high-paced and exciting war, and my sleeper pick for fight of the night. It will be interesting to see how Pellegrino's under-rated wrestling stacks up against Tibau's size and strength advantage on the ground, and also how "Batman's" improved boxing compares to the length and power of the ATT southpaw on the feet.
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