With UFC 67 looking so good, it's hard not to look past UFC Ultimate Fight Night 8 on January 25.
This is a solid card, however, which just got a whole lot better.
UFC veteran and former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season four welterweight Din Thomas (18-6) will battle Clay Guida (21-6) on the undercard at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, according to MMAWeekly.com.
It'll be a short drive for the Florida native Thomas, who lives about two hours north in Port St. Lucie. His 155-pound opponent, however, won't be nearly as easy as the trip.
"The Carpenter" (I love that nickname, and I don't know why) is a firecracker in the Octagon. He goes full throttle at a furious pace from the minute the cage door closes behind him.
I've seen both his fights with StrikeForce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez (loss) and Josh Thomson (win) — two top lightweights in the world — and Guida turned in impressive performances on both nights. His most recent UFC appearance was his first, submitting Justin James (11-6) via rear naked choke at UFC 64.
For Din Thomas, this will be his sixth UFC fight (3-2). Those losses, however, were to B.J. Penn (10-4-1) and Caol Uno (22-9-4) — certainly no pushovers.
He performed well in "The Comeback" on TUF as a welterweight, defeating Mikey Burnett (5-2) with a nice triangle choke in his first fight before losing to good friend and his training partner on the show, Chris Lytle (22-13-5), in the semifinals.
Since the conclusion of the show, "Dinyero" has dropped back down to the 155-pound class. And, he looked tremendous against Rich Clementi (23-11-1) at the TUF 4 Finale, overwhelming his fellow castmate to win via rear naked choke in round two.
I think this might just be the most exciting fight on the UFC Fight Night 8 Fight Card, which is headlined by Rashad Evans (9-0) vs. Sean Salmon (9-1), as well as a middleweight clash between two of this division's top contenders, Nathan Marquardt (22-6-2) and Dean Lister (9-4).
I just hope we get to see it.