When Anthony Ferguson walks into the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, tonight (Sat., Dec. 3, 2011) for his Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 Finale main card bout, he'll be returning to the scene of the crime.
It was in this very same building just six months ago, you see, where he knocked out Ramsey Nijem to win the glass TUF trophy, a six-figure contract and his place in the annals of Ultimate Fighter lore.
He even won "Knockout of the Night."
It got even better when he decided to move down to 155-pounds, a far more fitting weight class for the talented but undersized "El Cucuy." At UFC 135 in Denver, Ferguson broke Aaron Riley's jaw inside the first round. Two fights inside the Octagon, two stoppage wins within the first five minutes.
Impressive? You bet. But with that level of success comes an even greater level of competition. That means a match-up against savvy veteran Yves Edwards.
Edwards is in the midst of an attempted career revival. Not that it was ever on its deathbed or anything, but he's certainly less than pleased with his marks while fighting under the Zuffa banner.
He's been coming and going since way back in 2001, starting at UFC 33. His record inside the Octagon? 8-5, which looks good on the surface but most of that success came when the sport was nowhere near as popular as it is now.
In fact, the last time Edwards was on a big stage, at the UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" event on against Sam Stout on the Spike TV broadcasted portion of preliminary card, he was viciously knocked out in the first round.
With only one punch.
It's been a long time since Edwards made Josh Thomson famous with a highlight reel knockout. If he wants to reinvent himself one more time at the age of 35, posterizing a former TUF winner on free TV would be the way to do it.