The UFC is back on the big network as it hits FOX airwaves for the fourth time this Saturday. UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera comes on the heels of a bitterly disappointing UFC 149 card and has a list of fighters that should be able to right the ship. Headlining the bout is former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “Shogun” Mauricio Rua (20-6) as he pits his high octane offense against fellow Thai Boxing specialist “The Truth” Brandon Vera (12-5). Ultra traditional Shotokan KO artist “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida (17-3) will look to regain his place in the hunt for the 205 title he once held as he faces recovering TUF alum “Darth” Ryan Bader (14-2). Welterweights “Quick” Mike Swick (14-4) and “Darkness” Damarques Johnson (15-10) stepped up to the main card as openers when “Big” Ben Rothwell’s (32-8) bout against “Hapa” Travis Browne (13-0) was scrapped due to injury, and now filling the second slot, former WEC champ Jamie Varner (20-6-1) will look to shut down the talented submission game of “J-Lau” Joe Lauzon (21-7).
This Saturday the UFC returns to the homeland of the most well-known MMA family in the world. Brazil, the proving grounds for the Gracie family, is welcoming back the world’s premier MMA promotion with open arms as it hosts UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes. Headlining the event in Rio de Janeiro is a championship match-up between former WEC and current UFC featherweight king “Junior” Jose Aldo (19-1) and undefeated Team Alpha Male wrestler “Money” Chad Mendes (11-0). Former UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort (20-9) is fighting in front of his countrymen for the first time since 1998 now on the heels of a brutal KO over ”Sexyama” Yoshihiro Akiyama (14-5) in August. His opponent, wrestling powerhouse “Rumble” Anthony Johnson (10-3), is making his middleweight debut against the former world champion. “Toquinho” Rousimar Palhares (15-5) will look to extend his win streak and enter the top of the division but first he has to get past the war-ready Mike Massenzio (13-5) who is game to stand and bang or rip and roll with anyone. In the card’s opener English lightweight Terry Etim (15-3) takes on undefeated Edson Barboza (9-0). Etim wishes to create another impressive win streak while Barboza is looking to stay undefeated inside the UFC. In his UFC debut, MMA veteran “Neo” Carlo Prater (27-11) seeks his big break at the expense of “Indio” Erick Silva (8-2), a Brazilian submission enthusiast looking to put on another show for his hometown crowd. With both hunting an opportunity to emerge from mainstream obscurity and ascend the ranks of the welterweight division, the bout is sure to deliver.
Paapa Inkumsah vs. Brendan Kornberger: Kornberger via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Dan Ring vs. Garret Nybakken: Ring via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 2:21
Tyrone Glover vs. Robert Washington: Glover via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Emanuel Newton vs. Rodney Wallace: Newton via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 2, 4:34
Thomas Denny vs. Sheldon Westcott: DRAW, Round 3, 5:00
Richie Whitson vs. Curtis Demarce: Whitson via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Matt Veach vs. Drew Fickett: Fickett via Submission (Armbar), Round 1, 0:36
Ryan Jimmo vs. Dwayne Lewis: Jimmo via TKO (Doctor Stoppage), Round 3, 3:13*
* Ryan Jimmo is the new MFC Light Heavyweight Champion
This Friday night, Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) returns to the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with MFC 28: Supremacy. The promotion’s first card of the new year is marked with the much anticipated main event battle between fellow Canadians “The Big Deal” Ryan Jimmo (10-1) and “D-Bomb” Dwayne Lewis (12-5) for the currently vacant MFC Light Heavyweight Championship, arguably the most coveted – and most elusive – title in MFC. Jimmo and Lewis are considered the two top-ranked 205lbs. fighters in Canada.
Originally slated as the co-main event was reigning MFC 155lbs. champ “Mandingo” Antonio McKee (24-4-2) putting his title on the the line for the second time since capturing it in 2009, but he was forced to drop out of the fight due to a knee injury sustained during training sometime last week. McKee’s intended challenger, decorated Rage in the Cage and UFC veteran Drew Fickett (37-12), will still take his place in the co-main event but instead will face a late replacement in fellow UFC veteran Matt Veach (11-2) at a 160lbs. catchweight. In a press release from MFC, Fickett said, “I’m disappointed not to be facing [Antonio] McKee for the title, but it’s only a matter of time until I get my hands on the MFC lightweight belt.”