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NICKELS SET FOR TUF SHOWDOWN
After disappointing showings on The Ultimate Fighter 3 and at UFC 73, Coloradojiu-jitsu ace "Big" Mike Nickels has found himself on the comebacktrail.
Wins in his last three fights, including an impressive Fight of the Night winover fellow UFC veteran David Heath in the MFC in October has Nickels possiblyon the verge of returning to his former promotion.
Currently standing in the way of Nickels' achieving such a task is UltimateFighter 8 alumnus Vinny "Pezao" Magalhaes, as the two are scheduledto meet on the Dec. 4 edition of Colorado's popular Ring of Fire.
"I feel good," stated Nickels heading into Friday's fight. "I'vebeen training a lot and working on a lot of different things, and coming offthe David Heath fight I feel like I've got good momentum and want to keep itgoing."
With two wins this year, and three victories in a row overall after having leftthe UFC, Nickels is having the kind of year he wanted to in order to accomplishhis main goal.
"In 2009 I wanted to make a push back to the UFC, so I started trainingreally hard and finally towards the end of the year we finally started havingthings come along," Nickels told MMAWeekly.com.
"Originally the UFC told me to get a couple wins and they'd have me backafter the Stephan Bonner fight. It took me a little while to get the fights tocome through, but I got a couple wins, and hopefully if things go my wayagainst Vinnie, it will (create) that opportunity."
While he's confident going into the fight, Nickels knows Magalhaes is someonehe cannot underestimate.
"On the ground he's definitely a top-shelf jiu-jitsu guy," statedNickels. "Some of the only fights I remember from (Ultimate Fighter)Season 8 was with him being slick on the ground, with omo plata arm bars fromthe top and stuff.
"I have faith in my jiu-jitsu and my training, and if anything I can keepmyself out of danger. As far as the stand-up, it's anybody's fight."
Nickels further explained, "I know a lot of people say that Vinnie doesn'tlike to get hit, or he doesn't have the best stand-up, but people were sayingthat about me for years.
"The last thing I would do is expect him to just try to take me to theground. I know David Heath thought I was going to take him down, and I waspretty comfortable standing and trading with him, so I expect an all levelfight from Vinnie."
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The Nickels-Magahales match is headlines the 12 bout ROF36: DEMOLITION event to be held this Friday December 4th in Denver, Colorado.The event features 7 UFC veterans and will be produced live at Denver's MagnessArena.
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ROF 36 OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY
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