After a momentous showing in their FOX network debut, the UFC’s latest installment takes back to Pay-Per-View with UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson. Light heavyweight action is set to take place when “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar (13-7) and “Kingsbu” Kyle Kingsbury (12-2) prepare to engage in a promising back-and-forth battle. “The Hitman” Martin Kampmann (17-5) tries to break back into the winner’s circle but fellow welterweight “The Horror” Rick Story (11-3) will pit his own skill set against the Dane to send him to the back of the line. The pace quickens when the bantamweights are present, especially when former champions “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (25-5) and Brian Bowles (10-1) are pitted against one another. In the main event, it is a PRIDE FC dream match when former UFC light heavyweight champ “Shogun” Mauricio Rua (20-5) welcomes former PRIDE middleweight and Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion “Hendo” Dan Henderson (28-8) back to the Octagon. The co-main event though has all the potential to steal the show when the latest Strikeforce transplant Cung Le (7-1) makes his organizational debut against the legend of the sport “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1). Le has been a force in Strikeforce’s middleweight division but when he enters against Silva, he will face a different level of aggression that he has yet to face.
The UFC’s newest little brother, Strikeforce, returns to Showtime on November 18 as Strikeforce Challengers’ twentieth installment pits hard hitting TUF veteran Antwain Britt (12-5) against young blood submission fighter Lumumba Sayers (3-2). Also stepping into the cage is the WMMA community’s newest sweetheart, ultra-talented Judo Olympian “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (3-0) as she looks to add another limb to her collection against Canadian Muay Thai champion “The Jewel” Julia Budd (3-1). Russian Unifight Champion Adlan Amagov (8-1-1) will make his second stateside appearance against tested journeyman “Lionheart” Anthony Smith (14-6) and the night will open with a pair of fights featuring four men who have yet to lose in the Strikeforce cage: TJ Cook (11-3), Trevor Smith (5-0), Derek Brunson (8-0), and Nate James (10-6-1). It’s always a good night when the journeyman look to earn their masters card and step into the big show, so Challengers 20 should deliver no less.