Jon Jones likely to meet Ryan Bader in early 2011; Antonio McKee expected to debut against Jacob Volkmann at UFC 125Posted on October 3, 2010, 09:54 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Jon Jones vs Ryan Bader
Two of the industries most exciting prospects look set to lock horns in the near future, as Jon Jones and Ryan Bader are expected to clash very early in 2011. Bader secured the shot against Jones with a win over Little Nog at last month's UFC 119. Bader, 13-0 so far in his Mixed Martial Arts career, will face his toughest challenge yet in the young Jones, best known for his speed, power and unorthodox striking.
Both fighters are also known for their wrestling skills, but Jones has the clear advantage on his feet, where he has finished his put 8 out of his 12 opponents away with his stand up. A win for either prospect will surely result in a fast track to a title shot, and a fight against one of the top fighters in the already stacked division.
Antonio McKee vs Jacob Volkmann
Recent UFC signing Antonio McKee looks to have found his first opponent, in Jacob Volkmann. McKee is on of the most interesting signings of late. Despite being 40 years old, is 25-3-2 in his long career. His last defeat was a unanimous decision loss to Karo Parysian way back in 2003. Prior to being plucked from the little leagues, McKee had claimed to be better than the UFC's own Lightweights, calling out BJ Penn and Sean Sherk. Now, should McKee get past the very tough Volkmann, he could get his wish.
Volkmann holds a respectable record of 13-2, losing by decision to Paulo Thiago, then getting caught in a guillotine by Martin Kampmann, before his move to Lightweight. A win for either fighter could see them pushing into the top ten Lightweights, with an eye on a title shot, in a very stacked division.