UFC adds handful of new fights to UFC on Fuel 3 lineup

The UFC’s May 15 stop in Fairfax, Virginia has grown in a somewhat significant manner after the organization confirmed multiple match-ups for the show. While none of the pairings are particularly impactful from a contendership perspective, all have the components of resulting in entertaining affairs based on the involved talent.

Specifically, the bouts confirmed for the UFC on Fuel 3 lineup are T.J. Grant-Carlo Prater, Jeff Curran-Johnny Eduardo, Alex Soto-Azamat Gashimov, and Kamal Shalorus-Rafael Dos Anjos.

Grant (17-5) and Prater (30-10-1) are both BJJers riding the high of a recent victory with each having fifteen submissions to his credit. While Prater’s was the result of a controversial disqualification at UFC 142, prior to the bout he’d won a quartet of consecutive clashes with a trio of tap-outs in the bunch. Comparably, Grant’s instance of success came after locking in an Armbar on Shane Roller at UFC Live 6 to pick up the finish.

Similarly, Curran (33-14) and Eduardo (25-9) have also found the bulk of their success on the mat with 31 combined wins by way of submission. However, each came up short in his last outing, adding the intrigue of a “must win” situation for both.

Shalorus (7-2-2) and Dos Anjos (15-6) are no stranger to submissions either though each has scored a memorable TKO or two in the past. Dos Anjos is likely best remembered for his knockout win over George Sotiropoulos, while Shalorus made a name for himself in WEC as an high-caliber grappler who prefers to strike.

Finally, Soto (6-1) and Gashimov (7-1) are new to the UFC with the latter actually making his debut at the event though each is considered to be one of the better prospects at bantamweight.

UFC on Fuel 3 is headlined by Dustin Poirier taking on Chan Sung Jung with other featured fights including Donald Cerrone-Jeremy Stephens and Thiago Silva-Igor Pokrajac.

MMATraining Take: None of the bouts jump out at me as “must see” but they all appear to be ripe with potential. I’m particularly interested in the first three based on how evenly matched they appear to be in terms of style/substance.

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