Hard hitting middleweight maulers Tomasz Drwal (16-2) and Drew McFedries (8-5) will attempt to get one step closer to contendership status with a 185-pound brawl at UFC 103, scheduled for the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 19, according to MMAWeekly.
Drwal has been plagued with injuries since his Octagon debut in September 2006 — a second round technical knockout loss to Thiago Silva at UFC 75: "Champion vs. Champion" in an all-out war. Prior to that loss — just the second of his 17-fight career – Drwal had reeled off 13 straight victories.
"The Gorilla" got back in the win column by making quick work of Ivan Serati earlier this year, smashing him silly and putting him to sleep in little more than two minutes of work. Drwal gave Mike Ciesnolevicz more of the same at last month's TUF Finale, clowning him in the first round with a series of knees and punches.
Like Drwal, McFedries knows a thing or two about turning out the lights.
"Massacre" has had a rollercoaster career inside the Octagon, winning every other fight and being unable to string together consecutive wins in six attempts with the promotion.
That is until he locked horns with Thales Leites on short notice at UFC 90: "Silva vs. Cote" back in October 2008. McFedries dropped his second consecutive bout courtesy of a first round submission (rear naked choke). He lost to Mike Massenzio via submission (kimura) at UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha, Neb., on September 17, before the loss to the Brazilian.
It seemed like the talented-but-unlucky striker was headed for the scrap heap -- until he pulled the plug on Xavier Foupa-Pokam at UFC 98 back in May. "Professor X" wilted under McFedries relentless attack, who sent a message to the rest of the division that he's not going away so easily.
UFC 103 is expected to feature Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg, as well as a heavyweight tilt between former PRIDE superstar Mirko Cro Cop and surging heavyweight prosepct Junior Dos Santos. In addition, Martin Kampmann and Mike Swick will collide to determine the number one contender for Georges St. Pierre’s 170-pound title.
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