In just over 24 hours from now, UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis comes to Seattle’s Key Arena for the organization’s first foray into the Pacific Northwest. For the Washington fans’ viewing pleasure, UFC President Dana White and matchmaker extraordinaire Joe Silva have slated four stellar main card bouts to be aired free on Spike TV. The night opens with a “Fight of the Year” rematch between the wild brawling “Bad Boy” Leonard Garcia (15-6-1) and the featherweight “The Crippler” Chris Leben (21-8) clone “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (10-3) then continues with an Ultimate Fighter showdown between “Darkness” Damarques Johnson (15-8) and Amir Sadollah (4-2). The co-main event of the evening features a hard hitting battle between welterweight top contenders “The Outlaw” Dan Hardy (23-8) and “Rumble” Anthony Johnson (8-3). However, with the recent emergence of “Bones” Jon Jones (13-1) as a dominant force in the light heavyweight division, all eyes are on “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis (7-0), the undefeated prospect who has drawn parallels with Jones from many pundits in the past, as he takes on PRIDE superstar “Lil’ Nog” Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (18-4). While perhaps on a smaller scale, the bout mimics the title fight that preceded it by only a week. A blue chip prospect who is largely untested at the higher levels takes on a PRIDE old guard stalwart who has seen it all in the main event of a UFC card. The thought of it is surreal, but the fight will certainly be an entertaining affair nonetheless.
Tonight, Luna Park’s Big Top Stadium in Sydney, Australia plays host to the inaugural event of the 2011 season for the nation’s longest running MMA promotion, Cage Fighting Championships (CFC). Headlining CFC 16: Lombard vs. Doerksen is reigning concurrent CFC and Bellator Middleweight Champion “Shango” Hector Lombard (25-2) putting not only his belt on the line for a sixth time, but also his four-year long win streak that saw him capture two titles and left a trail of knocked out opponents in his wake when he faces UFC veteran and hard nosed submission specialist “El Dirte” Joe Doerksen (44-14). Doerksen is looking to put an end to his two-fight skid, and taking out a powerhouse and top ten middleweight in Lombard will surely sweeten the win and make an impressive addition to his resume. The co-main event pits Sydney’s own “Chalate” Manuel Rodriguez (7-1) against New Zealand native “Hot Rod” Rod MacSwain (12-2) in a high stakes No. 1 contender bout for the promotion’s welterweight title currently held by American fighter Jesse Juarez (13-4). Also backing the two action packed bouts is a night full of Australian fight veterans and young guns looking to stake claims in Aussie’s premier MMA promotion, Cage Fighting Championships.