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    Default Phil Davis vs Vinny Magalhaes and Kongo vs Roy Nelson added to UFC 159 in Jersey

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    A pair of new matchups has been added to April's UFC 159 event as Phil Davis (10-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) meets Vinny Magalhaes (10-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in a light heavyweight affair, while Cheick Kongo (18-7-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) faces Roy Nelson (18-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in a heavyweight contest.

    UFC officials announced the two bouts on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight."

    UFC 159, which features a title fight between light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and "The Ultimate Fighter 17" fellow head coach Chael Sonnen, takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view, and while UFC officials did not reveal where the new matchups would appear on the evening's lineup, both appear worthy of main-card consideration.

    The Davis vs. Magalhaes matchup was booked after both fighters openly lobbied for the matchup. Magalhaes started the talk on Twitter, and "Mr. Wonderful" was quick to accept the challenge.

    Davis looks to build on the success of a second-round submission win over Wagner Prado in a rematch of the pair's August 2012 meeting that ended in a no contest after the Brazilian couldn't continue after an accidental eyepoke.

    Meanwhile, Magalhaes currently boasts a six-fight win streak that includes a September 2012 win over Igor Pokrajac at UFC 152. That bout represented Magalhaes' first win in the octagon after a 2008 run on "The Ultimate Fighter 8" ended with two official UFC losses.

    Kongo fights for the first time since a July win over Shawn Jordan at UFC 149. While the fight proved a lackluster affair, it did allow the French striker to rebound from a surprising UFC 144 loss to Mark Hunt. With the result, Kongo is 4-1-1 in his past six fights.

    Meanwhile, Nelson looks to build on the strength of back-to-back first-round knockouts of Matt Mitrione and Dave Herman. While "Big Country" had struggled through a 1-3 run that left some wondering if he might consider a move to light heavyweight, Nelson has now reversed courses and is 3-1 in his past four outings.
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    That's a couple of cool ****ing fights.

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    Really? I don't care about either 1.Kongo is complete garbage and will look at the ref begging for a stand up that he isn't going to get.Phil is probably too big of a step up for Vinny,but I've only seen his fight with Igor so he's pretty unknown to me.Lousy fight for Roy,beating Kongo does nothing for him

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    Quote Originally Posted by seansloan View Post
    Really? I don't care about either 1.Kongo is complete garbage and will look at the ref begging for a stand up that he isn't going to get.Phil is probably too big of a step up for Vinny,but I've only seen his fight with Igor so he's pretty unknown to me.Lousy fight for Roy,beating Kongo does nothing for him
    Vinny's a very good ground fighter, big BJJ guy. Phil will probably school him on the feet, but if Vinny can either take him down or get Phil out of his comfort zone enough to shoot then I'd say Vinny will take it. Vinny's damn good on the ground.

    Both Roy and Kongo aren't ever going to get title shots. Neither are good enough. But they can both put on a damn fine show, especially on the feet which is where I expect this fight to take place.

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    Czech is going to find himself in the crucifix eating hammer fists.

    Mr. Wonderful will rassle **** Vinnie to death, but the risk of a sub is always there.

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    If it's Phil's gameplan is to shift levels frequently and he doesn't get caught or stunned by Vinny's hands or take down attempts I think he'll be able to avoid the sub and win on points or maybe even by KO.

    But I think the odds of Vinny being able to get him off balance and end up in an offensive guard or on top at least a couple of times is pretty high. And if Vinny gets in an advantageous position he's a real threat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seansloan View Post
    Really? I don't care about either 1.Kongo is complete garbage and will look at the ref begging for a stand up that he isn't going to get.Phil is probably too big of a step up for Vinny,but I've only seen his fight with Igor so he's pretty unknown to me.Lousy fight for Roy,beating Kongo does nothing for him
    Except Roy won't be taking him down. Roy is all into standing and banging now.

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    Vinnie is probably top 3 or 4 BJJ guy in the UFC now that Jacare and possibly Roger Gracie is coming over, so I can't really count him out even against a very good wrestler like Davis. But just too often have we seen wrestlers totally negate a BJJ black belt's skills, but Vinnie is (should) be a totally different animal than almost every black belt in the UFC. Still, from what I've seen of Vinnie's standup game it sucks and Davis could probably take this should it end up as a kick boxing fight. Either way I think Phil wins.

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    2 fights that made themselves. Joe SIlva's job is easy when people call one another out.

    Excited for both fights, especially Vinny/Phil.

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    vinny/phil on paper is boring. neither fighter can strike.

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