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UFC 138 Updates

Etim vs. Faaloloto Promoted

With UFC 138 fast approaching, the promotion moved to confirm some existing speculation surrounding the event this week.

The loss of the John Hathaway vs. Matt Brown match-up has been a big blow to the card, but one man to benefit is Terry Etim. His bout with Edward Faaloloto has officially been promoted to fill the fifth slot on the main televised card.

Edward Faaloloto (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Etim will be appearing in front of a home crowd for the first time since his triumph over Shannon Gugerty at UFC 105. At that point Etim had won four straight fights, but a loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 112 ended that streak and put him firmly back into the lightweight shuffle. One factor that may adversely affect Etim is his lack of recent activity, as he has not fought since April of 2010.

Faaloloto has yet to earn his first UFC victory, losing on his debut to Michael Johnson at UFC Live 4. Prior to joining the organisation he had competed once in the WEC, losing to exciting striker and fellow UFC 138 competitor Anthony Njokuani. The omens aren’t good for Faaloloto and he desperately needs a win here, otherwise he will almost certainly be cut from the lightweight roster.

Whilst success over Faaloloto is not going to put Etim in title contention, it will get his name back into the consciousness of the UFC fans. A strong showing in a televised match-up such as this could net him a lower-ranked title contender for his next Octagon appearance.

Weigh-Ins Confirmed

As expected the weigh-ins will indeed take place Friday, Nov. 4, at National Indoor Arena’s Community Hall in Birmingham, England. The venue also held the weigh-ins for UFC 89 back in October 2008.

The first fighter hits the scale at 4 p.m. GMT local time, and the event is free and open to the public.

For live coverage direct from the weigh-ins, follow me on Twitter @DuncMMA

UFC 138 takes place Nov. 5 at the 16,000-seat LG Arena at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England.

Daley Conquers In Canada

Daley (l) battles Fioravanti (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

Maybe Paul Daley didn’t score the highlight KO he was aiming for, but he did come away with an impressive victory over UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti on Friday night at Ringside MMA 12.

Daley used his superior boxing skills, solid takedown defense and furious leg kicks to dominate Fioravanti in their welterweight contest held at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Fioravanti never really threatened to win the fight, even dropping to the mat towards the end, hoping Daley would take the bait and fall prey to a late submission.  Throughout the first and second round, Daley scored well and often with strikes, easily outpointing his foe. In the third he was able to land a brutal leg kick which noticeably buckled Fioravanti and seemed to spell the beginning of the end for his opponent.

Although Daley could not finish the tough Fioravanti, he did take the win by unanimous decision, securing every round on the judges’ scorecards.

Following two high-profile losses in Strikeforce earlier in the year, Daley has now won his last two fights. He has hinted that he may take some time off after competing seven times this year, although a return to the UFC or a mouth-watering encounter with Nate Marquardt at BAMMA 8 could tempt him back into action sooner rather than later.

Manuwa Impresses At UCMMA 24

Manuwa batters Chapman with knees against the cage (David Lethaby/YourMMA.tv)

Jimi Manuwa showed why he is rated as one of the hottest British prospects outside of the big time with a devastating victory over previously undefeated Nick Chapman at Cage Rage UK 24 from the Troxy in London, England.

Chapman looked for a takedown early, pressing Manuwa against the cage in an attempt to take the action to the mat. However, Manuwa managed to stay on his feet and reverse the position to force his opponent up against the cage instead. From there he unleashed a barrage of vicious knees which left Chapman with a massive cut on his forehead. Referee Grant Waterman had little option but to call the fight at 2:14 of the very first round.

The victory marked Manuwa’s fifth consecutive light-heavyweight title defense and he will surely be eyeing up a move to the UFC sooner rather than later.

Other notable winners on the night included Tomasz Czerwinski, Michael Pastou, Bola Omoyele, Tommy Maguire and Luke Newman.

Top Photo: Terry Etim (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

This piece was authored by Duncan Price. Follow him on Twitter, @DuncMMA