by Adam Martin
Another welterweight tilt has been booked for the loaded UFC on FOX 6 card.
According to UFC officials, welterweights Pascal Krauss and Mike Stumpf are set to clash at UFC on FOX 6, which takes place Jan. 26 at United Center in Chicago, Ill.
Both Stumpf and Krauss train in the greater Chicago area. Stumpf is a member of Team Curran and trains nearby, while Krauss trains with Roufusport in close-by Milwaukee, Wisc.
As well as where they train, another thing both fighters have in common is injuries.
Stumpf hasn’t competed since UFC Fight Night 25 in September 2011, when he lost via submission to T.J. Waldburger in his first Octagon try. Since then, the 29-year old has dealt with injuries so this fight with Krauss will be his first in nearly 16 months or so. Overall, Stumpf is 11-3 in his MMA career, with seven of those wins coming via submission.
Krauss has also dealt with injuries. The German fighter made his UFC debut back at UFC 122, when he decisioned Mark Scanlon in what was the”Fight of the Night” in front of his hometown crowd. He then was set to fight John Hathaway at UFC 138, but injuries forced their bout to take place at UFC on FOX 5 this past May, and Krauss lost via unanimous decision, the first loss of his career. He was then set to fight Gunnar Nelson at UFC on FUEL TV 5, but was forced to pull out with an injury. Overall, the 25-year old is 10-1 in his MMA career, including seven wins via submission.
Both fighters like to take the fight to the ground but Krauss is the more well-rounded of the two. The fact that he has competed more recently than Stumpf should help him in this bout, as well. But Stumpf is very dangerous on the ground and can submit anyone at anytime, so Krauss must be careful not to get caught on the ground.
UFC on FOX 6 is headlined by the UFC flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson and also features Glover Teixeira vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as well as Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis, Matt Wiman vs. T.J. Grant and Hatsu Hioki vs. Clay Guida, among others.
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