They don’t get any bigger than the heavyweight championship of the world and that’s exactly what’s on the line this Saturday night.
Chael Sonnen versus the country of Brazil has always been an interesting narrative. Whether the tussle has been with Anderson Silva or mooted bouts with “Lil Nog” and Wanderlei, Sonnen is a wanted man and for good reason. This weekend’s sumptuous main event between the loud mouthed Oregonian and thoroughbred striker Mauricio Rua poses the real prospect of Sonnen being forced to eat his words (again) in front of a worldwide audience.
The MGM Grand. This Saturday night. Its the hottest ticket in town and with good reason. The reason boils down to one Anderson “The Spider” Silva and the reality that this living legend of modern day martial arts will be defending his title for a record setting eleventh time.
UFC 159 is in the books and whilst it wasn’t without its issues the New Jersey card did provide strong hints as-to what the future holds for some of the sport’s biggest stars. None more so than the poster boy of MMA, Jonny “Bones” Jones.
Whilst established names such as Brad Pickett and Ross Pearson enhanced their respective reputations considerably a debutant stole the show.
I rang Dana White a couple of weeks ago when he was in Dublin. I had prepared for the interview as I usually would but what transpired was more of a general chat about fighters than anything else.
With the first UK bill of the year now well and truly in the books we look back at a solid London card and ask “what next?” for some of its protagonists. We also hear from UFC President Dana White as he recovers from a night in Dublin’s Temple Bar.
As the UFC and FOX mark one year since their high profile marriage, Seattle is primed for a genuinely bumper-packed night of fights. UFC on Fox 5 will be a defining crossroads for many of its participants but will it prove to be a tombstone for two highly touted prospects or the final nail in the MMA coffin of a couple of the sport’s most respected veterans.
With the meeting of Georges St Pierre and Carlos Condit hovering on the horizon two other top tier welterweights are spoiling for a fight and its one that UK fans will clamour for.
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