In this new series, we will take a look at the newest additions to the UFC roster, the Bantamweights and Featherweights. The series is used to show the established fighters, ready to fight for the title, down to the new up and comers. For the next few weeks, I will try and post atleast two fighters a day. Leading up to the first title defense in the Featherweight division at UFC 129.
Pablo Garza has had the most interesting journey of all of our Up and Comers. The 27 year old, lost in the preliminary round to eventual semi-finalist, Micheal Johnson. He then rattled off two wins, one of which before the show even aired. To stay undefeated. Garza’s next fight would again be under the Zuffa banner, only a few months after not making it to the house.
The Scarecrow, took his fight against Tiequan Zhang on five days notice at WEC 51. He lost the fight via submission in the first round, for the first loss on his record. Even with the loss, he made it through the merger to face Fredson Paixao in the first ever Featherweight fight in UFC history. After a brief feeling out period, Garza landed a highlight reel knockout to send Paixao to the unemployment line.
Here is a prospect the UFC is glad they didn’t let slip through the cracks of The Ultimate Fighter. He shows crisp stand up and an exciting style that the fans seem to enjoy. Having already won a Knockout of the Night award, it’ll be interesting to see if he can continue his string of exciting fights. Next time we’ll see him will be against Canadian striker, Yves Jabouin, at UFC 129 at the end of this month. Thats a fight that will be sure to make it to some sort of live broadcast.
UP AND COMERS
#21 – Alex Caceres
#20 – Raphael Assuncao
#19 – Mackens Semerzier
#18 – Pablo Garza