Less than two weeks out from UFC on FOX 6, which takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 26, 2013, the fight card is shuffled up once again, this this time in the Middleweight division.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently announced that Josh Janousek -- a former NCAA Division II All-American at Minnesota State University -- will make his Octagon debut against Michael Kuiper, who stands even (1-1) in the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
Janousek -- an impressive wrestler who will fill-in for Buddy Roberts, who had to pull out of this fight because of an illness -- has probably received more notice for his coaching roles than his actual fight career. The 8-1 professional has helped two of Brazil's finest hone their wrestling skills, aiding both Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Junior dos Santos prior to their bouts with Brendan Schaub and Cain Velasquez, respectively.
He has built up his record on the regional fight scene, fighting mostly under the Brutaal Fight Night and King of the Cage banners. His sole loss came by technical knockout to Derek Smith in Sept. 2009, and since then he has put together a six-fight win streak against questionable opposition.
Kuiper, also billed as "JUDO," has a two-fight UFC tenure. He sports powerful, fairly technical kickboxing, and a strong clinch game that he can use for takedowns or dirty boxing. In his two UFC bouts, he lost a unanimous decision to Rafael Natal, and won by technical knockout over the very durable Jared Hamman.
UFC on FOX 6 will feature a Flyweight title fight between division champion, Demetrious Johnson, putting his 125-pound title on the line for the first time ever against John Dodson in the main event of the evening.
In other televised main card action, Quinton Jackson will look to go out on top against Glover Teixeira in a potentially explosive Light Heavyweight tilt, while Lightweight contenders Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone will light each other up with a 155-pound title shot possibly on the line.