On Aug. 16, two of the younger guys in the division will face off as The Ultimate Fighter season eight winner Ryan Bader takes on Strikeforce veteran Ovince St. Preux in the main event of UFC Fight Night 47.
Bader comes into the fight on a two-fight win streak, with decision victories over Anthony Perosh and Rafael Cavalcante. Bader also submitted Vladimir Matyushenko in the first minute of the first round in January 2013.
He has shown in the past that he is susceptible to being knocked out, so he would have to be especially careful in a fight against Anthony Johnson.
St. Preux is on a five-fight win streak, including all four of his fights in UFC. During his current streak, he has finished four of his last five opponents and has earned one Performance of the Night bonus for his first-round submission over Nikita Krylov.
Since 2009, the only person to defeat St. Preux has been the No. 7 middleweight, Gegard Mousasi, which he did by unanimous decision.
St. Preux has never been stopped with strikes, and the lone TKO loss on his record came due to a cut early in the second round. A fight with St. Preux would be good for Rumble because scoring the first knockout over someone is usually a huge statement. For St. Preux, it would give him a chance to prove he belongs in the top ten, maybe even the top five of the division.