Monday, May 10, 2010

Who to Watch at Friday's UCC 2

The Urban Conflict Championship returns to the Armory in Jersey City on Friday for another installment of conflict in a (very) urban setting, and with it comes a crop of up-and-comers worth keeping an eye on.  At the top of the list is AMA FC's Sean Santella, a wrestler-turned-polished MMA fighter who's been racking up a slew of wins since losing to Nick Pace back in 2008.  Santella will be facing Josh Rave, who gave Zach Makovsky a decent scrap at the M-1 Global show last month before getting put to sleep with a choke, and if "Shorty Rock" can handle Rave as well, that would put him amongst the Northeast's top bantamweights.  Also someone to look out for on Friday is John Cholish.  This Team Renzo exponent's got a lot of hype following him around, and thus far it seems warranted, but squaring off against Matt Troyer at UCC 1 is a far cry from squaring off against Hitalo Machado, whom he'll be facing at UCC 2.  Can Cholish submit a true submission specialist?  Finally, keep an eye on Carlos Brooks, who'll be taking on Team Link's Alexandre Moreno.  Brooks - like teammates Jimmie Rivera, Nick Pace, Lyman Good and Urijah Hall - is aces in the "overwhelming strikes" department, but Moreno's got 11 fights to Brooks' two, so it will be interesting to see if the TS-MMA rep's sheer meanness is enough to overcome the experience factor.  Keep an eye on these guys, and to facilitate that, MMA Journalist will be there to liveblog the event.

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