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CALIFORNIA — Impressive victories from Marlon "Chito" Vera and Eryk Anders at UFC Tampa are among several highlights of another successful weekend for the Team Iridium family.


Vera brought the heat and a full bag of tricks, as always, culminating in a third-round TKO victory over Andre Ewell on Saturday. The proud Ecuadorian bantamweight contender has now won five straight UFC fights, all by stoppage.


Anders, meanwhile, put on another gritty performance in the Octagon to win his second straight bout with a decision nod over Gerald Meerschaert in middleweight action.


On Friday, UFC vet Joby Sanchez returned to his winning ways with a dismantling decision victory over the outgunned Jose Allday in the main event of Combate Americas 46 in Tucson.


On Saturday, Jonas Flok notched a unanimous decision victory over fellow surging prospect Carl Deaton for Big John's in Michigan. Flok now boasts a record of 13-4; don't blink when he's back in action for Pure FC on Nov. 2 in Milwaukee.

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CALIFORNIA — Two of Team Iridium's most exciting prospects have huge fights tonight in Hawaii as Cheyden Leialoha and Justus Faaiu return to action for Trinity Kings 8, LIVE on UFC Fight Pass.


Leialoha boasts an impressive 7-1 record as a pro, with all but two of his victories coming via first-round stoppage. Faaiu, meanwhile, guns for his fifth victory as a pro with a fourth impressive stoppage win.


UFC president Dana White will be in attendance, filming a new episode of "Lookin' for a Fight" for UFC Fight Pass. Both fighters are eager to throw down in front of UFC boss. But both insist it'll be business as usual when the cage door locks.


"I've learned that you've got to take things one fight at a time and not put too much pressure on yourself," says Leialoha. "I'm going to do what I do best, and I'm going to have my hand raised by any means necessary."


"This is just another fight, just a slightly different atmosphere," Faaiu adds. "I'm excited for the opportunity and really grateful for it, but my job is the same. Take my opponent out and get the win."

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CALIFORNIA — Chris Curtis chuckles when asked about his early goals as a young fighter.


"When I started, I really just liked to fight," the Team Iridium welterweight admits with a laugh. "When I was little, I thought I'd be a Power Ranger, then I was introduced to Tekken and Street Fighter when I was older. Before I realized that you could be paid as a professional, I thought I'd just travel the world fighting in these crazy underground tournaments."


Thirteen years and more than 30 professional bouts later, Curtis finds himself in the thick of the highest-profile tournament in the fight game. He returns to action tonight to move a big step closer to winning a million bucks in ProFightLeague's Welterweight Playoffs, LIVE on ESPN 2.


A long-time underground king, "The Action Man" is ready to officially secure his position as one of the very best 170-pound fighters on the planet.


"I love the glory of it — I love being known — I'm that guy," the former CES MMA champ says. "You try to stay humble, but I know me — I love the spotlight. I love having people talk about me.


"Thirteen-year-old me would be revelling in this right now."

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