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.
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.
Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson are life-long friends. Their imposing fighting styles were both forged on the well worn wrestling mats of Oregon.
Following a troubled few weeks where the world of MMA appeared more akin to a second rate soap opera, the fights are coming thick and fast. UFC Nottingham was a resounding success and UFC 153 this weekend promises to be a raucous celebration of all that is good about South American MMA. A bevy of Brazilian stars are poised to illustrate once again why the country’s mixed martial artists are often perceived as a cut above when it comes to illuminating the famous octagon.
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