Ryan Jimmo Meets Anthony Perosh at UFC 149

May 2, 2012
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A new light heavyweight fight has been added to UFC 149 in Calgary as Canadian Ryan Jimmo finally makes his Octagon debut against grappler Anthony Perosh.

The fight was confirmed by UFC officials on Wednesday after an initial report from SportsNet.CA.

Former Maximum Fighting Championships light heavyweight champion Ryan Jimmo will look to keep his 16-fight win streak going when he makes his UFC debut in July.

Following a loss in his pro debut, Jimmo has reeled off 16 straight victories while picking up wins over former UFC fighters like Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Marvin Eastman. Now Jimmo will fight close to home as he competes in Calgary against a high level grappler from Australia.

Since dropping down to light heavyweight, Australian Anthony Perosh has looked like a new man and a new fighter.

Going 3-0 in his last three fights in the UFC, Perosh has won all of his bouts by submission or TKO and looked fierce in doing so. Now he’ll travel away from his homeland in Australia to meet a Canadian on his home turf.

The bout between Perosh and Jimmo will likely end up on the preliminary portion of the card.

  • Will be interesting to see how Jimmo does in the UFC, this will be a big step up in competition for him. Perosh is a solid first test.

  • RubeKegal

    I respectfully disagree. I think Perosh is a cellar dweller in the UFC heavyweight division and his last 3 wins were “gimme” wins against less talented opponents.

    Jimmo beat Sokoudjou, also beat Wilson Gouveia at 205 who I think is incredibly talented, and had he beat Marquardt would have prob fought Anderson for title. He also beat Jesse Forbes, I think Jimmo will beat Perosh easily.

    • KBEsq

      This may sound ridiculous or funny to you, but in my opinion, Perosh has some of the best grappling in that division. I was going to say he’s got great ground and pound, but that implies hitting guys from guard. Perosh has great “grap and pound.”

      If he gets his hooks in you, he has some of the most brutal strikes. He has amazing control on the ground. Yeah, I doubt he’ll make a title run at his age, but I think he’s better than you think.

  • phrankthetank

    I Like this fight. A good middle of the pack fighter to welcome jimmo. If jimmo beats him he deserves to be in the big leagues.

  • goleta83

    Dude, Diabate ain’t no “gimme” fight

    • RubeKegal

      true true, but he’s no world beater either. I’d put him in the lower half of that division.