Pat Schilling awaiting his UFC debut. (Photo courtesy of MMABay.)

UFC on FX 1 takes place this Friday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and features a main event between Jim Miller and Melvin Guillard.

Six combatants will make their UFC debut, including a former Best Buy employee, a former champion in two weight classes, and a European making his N. American debut.  Find out who they are  in this edition of Fresh Faces.

Name: Tom Hayden

Weight class: Featherweight

Record: 8-0 (5 (T)KO’s 2 submissions)

Recent body of work: Defeated Harry Johnson via submission at AAMMA 13 “Absolute Action MMA 13” in May of 2011.

Who he is: Hayden is not only undefeated, he also has never had a bout go to the judges’ scorecards.  Having seven finished opponents to his credit, Hayden’s closest thing to a blemish on his record is a victory he picked up by way of DQ against Mike Baskis at CNG Promotions: “Queen City Meltdown” in 2010.  The American attempted to represent his country for The Ultimate Fighter 9 against the U.K., but failed to accomplish a spot in the house after losing in the eliminator round.

Name: Jared Papazian

Weight class: Bantamweight

Record: 14-6 (5 (T)KO’s, 1 submission)

Recent body of work: Defeated Marvin Garcia via decision at KOTC: “First Defense” on Sept. 15, 2011.

Who he is: Papazian accumulated all 20 of his professional bouts in under four years- fighting 12 times in 23 months between 2009 and 2010.  Training under Gokor Chivichyan at Hayastan MMA Academy in California alongside Ronda Rousey and Manny Gamburyan, Papazian makes his Octagon debut having won eight of his last nine contests.  In addition, Papazian is riding a three-fight win streak, all of which by unanimous decision, and is vacating the KOTC bantamweight championship to test the UFC waters.

Name: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Weight class: Lightweight

Record: 16-0 (6 (T)KO’s, 6 submissions)

Recent body of work: Defeated Arymarcel Santos via TKO at ProFC: “Battle of Caucas”

Who he is: Following an undefeated career in Europe, Nurmagomedov acquired the management of Mike Constantino and began training at AMA Fight Club.  Nurmagomedov is a Sambo competitor and has won three championships- Combat Sambo World championship, Combat Sambo Russian national championship, and the European “Army Hand-to-Hand Fight” championship- in the martial art.  He recently signed a six-fight contract with the UFC and trains alongside Strikeforce’s Adlan Amagov, Bellator’s Vyacheslav Vasilevsky, and the UFC’s Azamat Gashimov.

Name: Pat Schilling

Weight class: Featherweight

Record: 5-0 (1 (T)KO’s, 4 submissions)

Recent body of work: Defeated Cody Larson via submission due to punches at Brutaal Fight Night: “Brutaal Myth” in June 2011.

Who he is: Schilling has vacated his position at Best Buy for a spot on the UFC roster.  He was the Brutaal Genesis 145-pound champion in the amateur leagues and leapt into the pros in January 2010.  Since turning pro, the Ambition MMA teammate has not made it out of the first round Schilling has executed a different finish in each victory- TKO, triangle-choke, leg-lock, knee-bar, and submission due to punches- proving he is dangerous wherever the fight takes place.

Name: Daniel Pineda

Weight class: Featherweight

Record: 15-7 (6 (T)KO’s, 9 submissions)

Recent body of work: Defeated Gilbert Jimenez via TKO at Legacy Fighting Championship 9 in December 2011.

Who he is: Fighting out of the 4oz Fight Team in Houston, Texas., Pineda possesses a well-versed ground game for a gym that is primarily focused on BJJ.  Pineda competed in Bellator twice, but honed his skills and garnered experience in the Legacy Fighting Championship in his native state of Texas.  While under the LFC banner, Pineda managed dual champion status as the lightweight and featherweight title holder.  The Texan had a rocky 2009, going 1-4, but has turned things around since and enters the Octagon on a five-fight win streak.

Name: Nick Denis

Weight class: Bantamweight

Record: 10-2 (9 (T)KO’s, 1 submission)

Recent body of work: Defeated Nick Mamalis via KO at Wreck MMA – Unfinished Business in October 2011.

Who he is: Denis is a Canadian mixed martial artist who has competed in his native country and Japan throughout his career.  After a 7-0 start, Denis met Marlon Sandro at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8 and suffered a TKO defeat.  Denis returned to Canada and picked up back-to-back knockout wins, and then headed to Japan where he lost to Yuji Hoshino via submission.  Denis is beginning his UFC career coming off a victory over Mamalis that had the Canadian slam the Bellator veteran unconscious.

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