The Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden hosts the UFC’s second installment of UFC on Fuel TV this Saturday with UFC on Fuel 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva. The bantamweights start off the main card as “The Angel of Death” Damacio Page (15-6) clashes with “One Punch” Brad Pickett (20-6). Ultimate Fighter alumni “The Darkness” DaMarques Johnson (15-9) takes on fellow welterweight “The One” John Maguire (17-3). Paulo Thiago (14-3) is charged with the task of welcoming long awaited prospect “The Killer” Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1) in his UFC debut in the welterweight division. In the co-main event, “Legionarius” Alessio Sakara (15-8) and “The All-American” Brian Stann (11-4) are set to engage in a middleweight match-up. Thiago Silva (14-2) makes his return to action after a year long lay-off to take on the hometown hero, “The Mauler” Alexander Gustafsson (13-1) in the main event. In the middle of all this action, two featherweights are set to meet when “The Gun” Diego Nunes (17-2) welcomes Dennis Siver (19-8) from the lightweight division. With both men being strikers at heart who refuse to back down, it is a fight that all will be dying to watch.
—MAIN CARD (on Pay-Per-View)—
Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem: Overeem via TKO (Strikes), Round 1, 2:26
Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone: Diaz via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks: Hendricks via KO (Punch), Round 1, 0:12
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexander Gustafsson: Gustafsson via TKO (Punches), Round 1, 2:13
Nam Phan vs. Jimy Hettes: Hettes via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26), Round 3, 5:00
—PRELIMS (on Spike TV)—
Ross Pearson vs. Rafael Assuncao: Pearson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Anthony Njokuani vs. Danny Castillo: Castillo via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29), Round 3, 5:00
–PRELIMS (on Facebook)—
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Sean Pierson: Kim via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Jacob Volkmann vs. Efrain Escudero: Volkmann via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Manny Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes: Nunes via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
*Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos has been scrapped due to Riddle sustaining a thus far unnamed illness.
Brock Lesnar: 266lbs.
Alistair Overeem: 263lbs.
Nate Diaz: 157lbs.*
Donald Cerrone: 156lbs.
Jon Fitch: 171lbs.
Johny Hendricks: 170lbs.
Vladimir Matyushenko: 205lbs.
Alexander Gustafsson: 203lbs.
Nam Phan: 146lbs.
Jimy Hettes: 145lbs.
Ross Pearson: 145lbs.
Rafael Assuncao: 145lbs.
Anthony Njokuani: 154lbs.
Danny Castillo: 156lbs.
Dong Hyun Kim: 171lbs.
Sean Pierson: 171lbs.
Jacob Volkmann: 155lbs.
Efrain Escudero: 155lbs.
Matt Riddle: 170lbs.
Luis Ramos: 171lbs.
Manny Gamburyan: 146lbs.
Diego Nunes: 145lbs.
*Nate Diaz was able to shed the additional pound during the extra hour he was provided.
Hello, Icemigos. How was your blah, blah, blah? Yeah and how’s that thing that you do going? Really? That’s interesting. You know how I feel about that. I mean it should go without saying, right?
So with the niceties out of the way let’s get right to the awards! What awards? The first ever SBoI Awards for the week of MMA fights that I saw! “The Iceys®” as they’re called – as of now.
—MAIN CARD (on Versus)—
Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry: Kongo via KO, Round 1, 2:39
Rick Story vs. Charlie Brenneman: Brenneman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Matt Brown vs. John Howard: Brown via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft: Mitrione via KO (Punches), Round 2, 4:28
Tomorrow night Zuffa reloads and fires again with another top flight card that displays just how deep their talent pool is. This time it’s UFC on Versus 4: Kongo vs. Barry and this time it’s free. As far as free on TV cards go, this line-up is definitely one of the more loaded, despite the loss of long-time middleweight title contender “The Great” Nate Marquardt (31-10-2). The main event was originally slated to be his first bout in the welterweight division, but an undisclosed issue saw Nate “The Great” fail to pass his pre-fight medical screening, resulting in his removal from both the card and the UFC roster. Never missing a step, the UFC has pushed heavyweight kickboxing juggernauts Cheick Kongo (15-6-2) and “Hype or Die” Pat Barry (5-3) up to the main event slot while Charlie Brenneman (13-2) has agreed to face blue chip nightmare “The Horror” Rick Story (11-2). Ailing welterweights “Doomsday” John Howard (14-6) and “The Immortal” Matt Brown (11-10) will also climb in the cage and opening up the night of fan favored fights are a pair of bouts that scream excitement as TUF 10 pariah turned heavyweight wrecking machine “Meathead” Matt Mitrione (4-0) goes against Christian Morecraft (7-1) and lightweight gatekeeper Tyson Griffin (14-5) cuts to 145 to face “The Anvil” Manny Gamburyan (11-6). The card is free, the match-ups are great, and the organization is proving once again that it is the best.
Last night’s episode of MMA Gospel Radio featured The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 alumni and WEC lightweight George Roop (11-5-1), who at WEC 51 in September pulled off the unthinkable by knocking out “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (10-3). Having mixed professional success since his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Roop told MMA Gospel Radio that he has been hard at work improving and expanding his fight game. He said, “I’m in the gym constantly, trying to get better every single day. I haven’t been training in one discipline for that long…Mixed martial arts is evolving, and I’m just trying to get better.”
Whether by default or design, Zuffa always manages to make up for lackluster showings by its respective organizations. As if to repay any dissatisfied fans for their fifty bucks spent on the highly criticized UFC 119, they delivered an outstanding card with WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan. There were impressive submissions and brutal knockouts and the fights that went to decisions kept fans on the edge of their seats with no room for complaint. There were plenty of exciting story lines on last night’s card as well, including the re-emergence of a former champion, a tutorial on how to effectively stop a zombie, the continuation of a grudge match, and the patience of an evolving champion. The WEC 51 card was presented for free on Versus, however many a fan would have received their money’s worth had this entire card been on Pay-Per-View. Let’s take a closer look at WEC 51, Clint-Eastwood-style, with The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Tonight, the UFC’s little brother strikes again. This, of course, refers to the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 51 card featuring the featherweight title match-up between the champion “Junior” Jose Aldo (17-1) and “Pitbull” Manny Gamburyan (11-4). This bout is touted as the main event but has all but been forgotten in light of another main card bout, a grudge rematch between “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (15-3) and Jamie Varner (16-3). As has become the norm, the WEC has put together an action packed card full of former TUF competitors, former title holders and contenders, UFC veterans, and all around crowd pleasers. This card promises to be full of fireworks and, more than likely, several exciting finishes. It wouldn’t even be surprising if there’s at least one candidate for Fight of the Year by the end of the night. After putting on a very lackluster card on Saturday with UFC 119, Zuffa may want to pay close attention to their smaller promotion and take notes on how to make on a successful and exciting card out of lesser known talent.
This is arguably one of the best cards a fan could ask for without having to pay. Earlier this year the WEC took its first steps into the world of Pay-Per-View with WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber. Six of the fighters featured on that card will be fighting on tonight’s card, including both participants of the early candidate for Fight of the Year “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (10-2) and Leonard Garcia (18-5-1). However, all of the focus seems to be on the long awaited grudge match between Cerrone and Varner. Those casual fans who turn off the TV following the hate filled battle between the “Cowboy” and his arch-rival will be in for quite a shock when they learn that the main event they had all but written off was the most exciting bout of the night.
World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 51 will be hitting Broomfield, Colorado tonight with what promises to be an exciting evening of fights. With a card that boasts a main event pitting “Junior” Jose Aldo (16-1-0) against “Pitbull” Manny Gamburyan (11-5-0), the attention to the headliner may be detracted by a rematch between “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone (10-4-0) and Jamie Varner (16-4-1). In what is anticipated to be a grudge match for the ages, many MMA and WEC fans are envisioning an absolute war that makes every other fight on the card look like a pillow fight.