No matter who they are fighting or how long the odds are, a professional fighter will rarely admit weakness or uncertainty.
But when Constantinos "Costas" Philippou walked to the cage at UFC 128 to make his official UFC debut, he was certain of only one thing: He would lose.
A few months before, Philippou had been picked to appear on "The Ultimate Fighter," the UFC's reality series. But Philippou was submitted by Joseph Henle in the qualifying round and thus didn't earn a spot in the house during Season 11.
He went back to fight in the Atlantic City, N.J.,-based Ring of Combat, where he was racking up wins, if not attention.
A few days before UFC 128 on March 19, 2011, Philippou was offered a spot on the card in Newark, N.J., against Nick Catone. Yoshiro Akiyama pulled out of his fight with Nate Marquardt because of the devastating earthquake in Japan. UFC officials moved Dan Miller from his fight against Catone into a more high-profile match with Marquardt, leaving CatoneRead More »from After seizing opportunity, Constantinos Philippou now just one win away from contender status