The UFC on Fuel TV 3 card is quickly filling up, with the UFC announcing two more matchups for the May 15th card. First, a lightweight matchup between former WEC contender Kamal Shalorus and Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos. Also announced for the event is a bantamweight matchup between UFC newcomer Azamat Gashimov and Alex Soto. UFC on Fuel TV 3 takes place at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
For Shalorus (7-2-2), it has not been the easiest of transitions to the UFC. After starting his career 7-0-2, which included a 3-0-1 record in the WEC, “The Prince of Persia” has lost both of his bouts in the UFC, to Jim Miller and Khabib Nurmagomedov, respectively. This will be his second fight of 2012, after losing to Nurmagomedov at UFC on FX 1 in January.
dos Anjos (15-6) will also be looking to return to the win column, as he lost to Gleison Tibau at UFC 139 in November. This came after his highlight reel knockout of George Sotiropoulos at UFC 132 in July. dos Anjos actually fought at the last UFC event to take place at the Patriot Center (UFC Fight Night 20 in January 2010), where he defeated Kyle Bradley via unanimous decision.
Much like dos Anjos, Alex Soto (6-1-1) will be looking to rebound from a loss suffered at UFC 139. Soto, a part-time dolphin trainer, lost to Michael McDonald via first round knockout. Soto is also a former member of the military, as a member of the United States Army.
Soto will be taking on Azamat Gashimov (7-1), who will be making his UFC debut at the event. The Russian bantamweight actually trains part-time on the east coast, training at AMA Fight Club in Fairfield, New Jersey. AMA is home to fellow UFC fighters such as Jim and Dan Miller, along with Charlie Brenneman.
Both matches are expected to take place on the preliminary card of UFC on Fuel TV 3, which will be headlined by a featherweight battle between Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung.
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Pictured: Rafael dos Anjos