Saturday, April 18, 2009

UFC 97 Preview: The Supporting Cast

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Denis Kang vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam

Canadian fighter Denis Kang takes on UFC newcomer Xavier Foupa-Pokam. Kang is coming off a loss in his UFC debut and badly needs a win to stay relevant in the middleweight division. Pokam has been working his way up to the UFC and won’t waste his opportunity. Pokam will have the advantage on the feet, while Kang has the edge on the ground. Kang hasn’t fought to his ability in the past couple of years and if he is caught off guard then Pokam will take full advantage.

David Loiseau vs. Ed Herman

UFC veteran David Loiseau makes his long-desired return to face off with Team Quest middleweight Ed Herman. Herman is coming off two straight losses and needs a win to stay in the UFC. Loiseau has the advantage on the feet and will look to stop the fight with strikes. Herman needs to be careful and get the fight to the ground, where he has a huge edge over Loiseau because of his wrestling ability. Both fighters need a win, so expect them to play it safe in order to get the much needed victory.

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