I had never heard of Karlos Vemola until UFC 122 and this fight below:
(click on the play button, then exit the link it opens, then click on it again once it turns green... then it will play)
While he seemed kinda awkward in the first seconds of the fight... I was very impressed. He looks like he has hard hooks... and as made obvious in the video... some nasty takedowns. As a former highschool wrestler... I was very impressed by his single-leg takedowns. Often they are such a drawn out take down.. and his looks as strong as a double-leg.
Seth Petruzelli put him in some dangerous positions on the ground and he was in danger of being submitted a couple times... but Vemola appears to have good submission defense (he got out of an armbar and triangle anyways) as well. His ground and pound looked nice...
he was just in a pre-lim for now... but what do you guys think of him? do you think we'll see him climbing the ranks of 205 and eventually challenging for the belt?