Shockingly enough, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will only make one trip across the pond to the United Kingdom (UK) to hold a mixed martial arts (MMA) event this year. That's amazing considering how dedicated fans are in the region.
Look no further than UFC 138: "Leben vs. Munoz," which goes down today (Sat., Nov. 5, 2011) in Birmingham, England. The event, not exactly loaded with high end talent by any stretch of the imagination, set the record for revenue at the LG Arena.
One of the ways in which they did so was to feature a pair of Brits on the main card, one of them being Terry Etim, who will square off against Edward Faaloloto. It's okay if you barely recognize the name. After all, Etim hasn't competed professionally since all the way back in April 2010.
But he's back now and as dangerous as ever.
Etim's UFC career kicked off with a bang, as he earned "Submission of the Night" with a first round guillotine choke of Matt Grice. He lost his next two, though, and flirted with the dreaded pink slip that awaits those who strike out.
Fighting exclusively overseas, Etim ripped off four wins in a row, including two more "Submission of the Night" winning performances. The old English killer was back and ready to make a big run in the lightweight division.
Even a stumble against Rafael dos Anjos didn't seem like enough to halt Etim's considerable momentum. A pesky rib injury, though, kept him out of action for over a year.
Back to square one.
Welcoming him back to the Octagon is Edward Faaloloto, a 26-year-old Hawaiian in search of his first victory under the Zuffa banner. Two fights, two organizations (WEC and UFC), two technical knockout losses.
Third time's the charm? We'll find out tonight.