Before the bright lights shine down on“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (16-8-1) and “Sugar” Rashad Evans (15-1-1) at UFC 133 for the second time in their careers, the UFC will treat fans to an exciting card stacked to the hilt with veteran fighters. Middleweight fan favorites “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort (19-9) and “Sexyama” Yoshihiro Akiyama (14-4) will fight to get themselves back in the title picture after a pair of heartbreaking losses, “Superman” Dennis Hallman (45-13-2) and the Midwestern brawler Brian Ebersole (40-14-1) will square off at welterweight, and grappling aces “Quicksand” Mike Pyle (21-6-1) and “The Water Boy” Rory MacDonald (11-1) will bring everything they’ve got into the cage. Also appearing on the card are “El Conquistador” Jorge Rivera (18-8) and Costantinos Philippou (7-2), two middleweights who have had the task of rebounding from recent losses made all the more difficult by suffering late replacements in opponents. Rivera, who was brutally KO’d by “The Count” Michael Bisping (21-3) in February, was originally slated to fight “Legionarius” Alessio Sakara (15-8) who had to pull out with a knee injury. Philippou was then pulled from his fight with Rafael Natal (12-3-1), a bout he had already taken on short notice, to replace Sakara.
Following its unprecedentedly successful trip to Toronto, Canada for the first time with UFC 129 in April, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion is expected to make another trip to the Ontario city in December for UFC 140.
The event will be the seventh that the UFC has hosted in Canada in its history and the second in Ontario since the province legalized MMA in August 2010. UFC 140 is tentatively scheduled to go down at The Air Canada Centre, home of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, rather than the Rogers Centre which held UFC 129.
The UFC’s Toronto debut earlier this year, headlined by a title fight between Canada’s own superstar “Rush” Georges St. Pierre (22-2) and former top contender Jake Shields (26-5-1), obliterated previous North American MMA attendance and gate records in selling out all 55,000 tickets and exceeding $11 million.
MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week continues with an old favorite. Last time, Ed Perdomo used a Reverse Half Nelson Sweep to break Adam Valencia’s turtle and move into place for either Side Mount or Scarfhold position. Here, Ed will choose to take Scarfhold and move into an Inverted Omoplata. This submission is a very tight shoulder lock that will end the fight if it gets locked in. There is no toughing it out – either the opponent taps or the muscles and ligaments of the shoulder get torn into pieces. For safety, please exercise caution with this technique and practice it only under the supervision of an experienced submission fighting instructor.