The UFC returns to free TV Saturday with a solid showing from the People’s Republic of China. “The Mongolian Wolf” Tiequan Zhang (15-3) opens the card against “Super Saiyan” Jon Tuck (8-0) followed by a pair of solid bouts featuring “Bruce Leeroy” Alex Caceres (7-5) against Motonobu Tezuka (19-4-4) and Mac Danzig (21-9-1) versus “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi (33-8). Headlining the event is a meeting between two former middleweight champions “Ace” Rich Franklin (29-6), once the UFC 185lbs. king, and Cung Le (8-2), the San Shou master who once dominated the Strikeforce middleweight scene. Shoring up the former champs in the co-main is light heavyweight wrecking machine Thiago Silva (14-3-1) who will look for his first win since 2009 as he faces Stanislav Nedkov (12-0). Holding the anchor spot is Korean Judoka “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim (15-2-1) as he meets struggling welterweight Paulo Thiago (14-4).
The UFC will present its sixth offering on the FOX cable network Fuel TV as the organization breaks into the Chinese market with an event in the Cotai Arena of Cotai, Macau, People’s Republic of China. Headlining the November 10 event is a pair of bouts featuring some of the UFC’s most exciting finishers as Cung Le (8-2) faces “Ace” Rich Franklin (29-6) and Thiago Silva (14-3) squares off with Stanislav Nedkov (12-0). Korean Judo ace “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim (15-2-1) anchors the card against Paulo Thiago (14-4) but before those fireworks go off, Zuffa has arraigned for a trio of solid mixed martial arts contests. Starting the main card is a meeting between “The Mongolian Wolf” Tiequan Zhang (15-3) and UFC newcomer “Super Saiyan” Jon Tuck (6-0). Next on the slate “Bruce Leeroy” Alex Caceres (7-5) looks to break even in the UFC for the first time with a win over Motonobu Tezuka (19-4-4). Sitting squarely in the middle of the card, “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi (33-8) rounds out the first half of the card in a bout against former TUF standout Mac Danzig (21-9-1).
—MAIN CARD (on Pay-Per-View)—
Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit: Condit via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46), Round 5, 5:00
Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum: Werdum via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce: Koscheck via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Renan Barao vs. Scott Jorgensen: Barao via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Ed Herman vs. Clifford Starks: Herman via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 1:43
On Sunday, August 14, the UFC made its Milwaukee, Wisconsin debut in spectacular fashion, courtesy of UFC on Versus 5: Lytle vs. Hardy. Although it took a while for the premier mixed martial arts promotion to finally land in the Badger State, I can assure you that the local MMA community has been abuzz about the prospect of a live UFC event for quite some time now. Especially with the surge in popularity of Duke Roufus’ gym Roufusport in Milwaukee and all the young talent it has brought forth – “Showtime” Anthony Pettis (13-2), “Dannyboy” Dan Downes (8-2), and “New Breed” Erik Koch (12-1) just to name a few – Milwaukee was ready for the UFC. Much to the delight of fans in in Milwaukee and worldwide, the UFC delivered in a big way with its most recent effort, bringing to the cage some of the best up-and-comers that the organization has to offer as well as some of its respected veterans, including a main event between British slugger “The Outlaw” Dan Hardy (23-10) and heavy-handed “Lights Out” Chris Lytle (31-18-5).
—MAIN CARD (on Spike TV)—
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Phil Davis: Davis via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson: Johnson via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Amir Sadollah vs. Damarques Johnson: Sadollah via Submission (Strikes), Round 2, 3:27
Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung: Jung via Submission (Twister), Round 2, 4:59