UFC 134 Fight Card: What Can We Expect from Stanislav Nedkov After Tonight?

Dale De SouzaAnalyst IAugust 27, 2011

Nedkov impressed greatly by handling former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman, but Luiz Cane is no Kevin Randleman.
Nedkov impressed greatly by handling former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman, but Luiz Cane is no Kevin Randleman.

Stanislav Nedkov is arguably the least familiar name on tonight's UFC 134 Fight Card, and really, the only thing anyone knows about him is that he's "that guy that's fighting that Brazilian dude that's not Anderson Silva."

Of course, there's a bunch of Brazilian dudes that aren't Anderson Silva that are fighting before Silva rematches Yushin Okami in the main event, so we'll pin "that Brazilian dude that's not Silva" and call him Luiz Arturo Cane for now.

If there's one thing I wanted to tell a casual fan about Cane, provided they hadn't heard of his existence, it's that he's got some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but it's his Muay Thai and Boxing that Nedkov ought to be worried about.

Should the fight stay vertical, no question should come surrounding Cane and a victory, as he's only been stopped by the likes of Rogerio Nogueira and Cyrille Diabate, with his first pro loss being a DQ loss to Jame Irvin due to an illegal knee.

However, if you want to be like me and nerd it up when it comes to Nedkov, it doesn't hurt to know that the undefeated 11-0 Nedkov's base is a mix of Wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu, and that his only problem could come if his striking game has not evolved to where it's realistic to expect Cane to have a problem or two with it.

Speaking of realistic, one must wonder what the future holds for Nedkov, should he go 12-0 against Cane tonight.

The Light Heavyweight division has gained the reputation of being, along with the Lightweight division, one of the most fully-loaded, most talent-rich divisions in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, and so it might be realistic to question if Cane has any better of a chance to soldier on in the division with a victory than Nedkov.

However, prospects like Nedkov always have high hopes attached to them, especially when they enter the world's most polarizing MMA promotion with an unscathed record and have the reputation of being as dangerous on the feet as they are on the ground.

In the UFC LIght Heavyweight division, a loaded-to-the-brim division with a stylistically-unpredictable champion in Jon Jones, it may be difficult for Nedkov to blow it out of the water enough to break through to the middle or top tier of competition, but it's not an impossible feat to accomplish in a sport where anything can happen.

Cane will be no easy task, and after the fight it's more than possible that we all question whether Nedkov will ever reach any significant relevance under the Zuffa banner...

...but what if he does beat Cane?

What becomes of Nedkov then?