The first females of the UFC have already made history and now just one week later, the UFC returns to Saitama, Japan with UFC on Fuel TV 8. Opening duties are bestowed upon the welterweights as “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim (16-2-1) locks up with “The Great” Siyar Bahadurzada (21-4-1). Brazilian Rani Yahya (17-7) will look to prove homefield advantage means nothing when he takes on Japan’s own “Pugnus” Mizuto Hirota (14-5-1). A move up into middleweight contention could be in order for the victor between fourth-ranked “Thunder” Yushin Okami (28-7) and eighth-ranked “Lightning” Hector Lombard (32-3-1). “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi (34-8) will greet “The Dream” Diego Sanchez (23-5) when he makes his return to the lightweight division. In the co-main event, one heavyweight’s rise to glory will come to a screeching halt as “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve (25-5) takes on K-1 veteran “Super Samoan” Mark Hunt (8-7). Closing the night off is a light heavyweight battle between “The All-American” Brian Stann (12-5) and the always popular “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-12-1). The first half of the main card was given a look in UFC on Fuel TV 8 Main Card Pre-Fight Breakdown: Part I. MMA Gospel will round the card off here with Part II, providing what to look for in each match-up leading up to the main event.
The following fight bonuses were awarded for UFC on Fuel TV 6: Franklin vs. Le
Submission of the Night:
Thiago Silva (over Stanislov Nedkov) receives $40,000
Knockout of the Night:
Cung Le (over Rich Franklin) receives $40,000
Fight of the Night:
Takanori Gomi and Mac Danzig each receive $40,000
Click here for the full list of UFC on Fuel TV 6 results.
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).
The following fight bonuses were awarded for UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II
Submission of the Night:
Rodrigo Damm (over Anistavio Medeiros) receives $65,000
Knockout of the Night:
Marcos Vinicius (over Wagner Campos) receives $65,000
Fight of the Night:
Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva each receive $65,000
Click here for the full list of UFC 147 results
—MAIN CARD (on Pay-Per-View, 10:00pm ET)—
Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin: Franklin via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46), Round 5, 5:00
Sergio Moraes vs. Cezar Ferreira: Ferreira via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Rony Mariano Bezerra vs. Godofredo de Oliveira: Mariano Bezerra via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Mike Russow vs. Fabricio Werdum: Werdum via TKO (Strikes), Round 1, 2:28
Hacran Dias vs. Yuri Alcantara: Dias via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
The UFC makes another trip to the MMA Mecca of Brazil for UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II tomorrow night. Now headlined by a rematch between “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1) and “Ace” Rich Franklin (28-6), the card was originally built around a TUF: Brazil coaches’ duel but “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort (21-9) was sidelined by an injury. Opening the main card are seasoned Brazilian prospects “Marajo” Iuri Alcantara (28-3) and “Barnabe” Hacran Dias (20-1) followed by a heavyweight tilt between Mike Russow (15-1) and “Vai Cavalo” Fabricio Werdum (15-5). Prior to the main event, “Jason” Rony Mariano Bezerra (10-3) and “Pepey” Godofredo Castro (8-0) will settle the featherweight brackets of TUF: Brazil and “Mutante” Cezar Ferreira (4-2) will face “Serginho” Sergio Moraes (6-1) in the middleweight finals.
The HSBC center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil plays host to UFC 134, the first Brazilian UFC event since their first taste in 1998. “Banha” Luiz Cane (9-3) is charged with the task of welcoming Stanislav Nedkov (5-0) to the Octagon in his UFC debut. Two of the lightweight division’s stars battle it out when Brazilian Edson Barboza Jr. (8-0) and “The Real Deal” Ross Pearson (17-6-1) meet in Barboza’s backyard. One of Brazil’s most beloved fighters “Minotauro” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-6-1) tries to snuff out the flame of his fellow heavyweight “The Hybrid” Brendan Schaub (7-1). In the co-main event two former light heavyweight champs try to make their second run at a title when “Shogun” Mauricio Rua (19-5) and Forrest Griffin (18-6) clash heads for the second time. Brazil is given another rematch to look forward to when native Brazilian “The Spider” Anderson Silva (28-4) defends his middleweight championship against “Thunder” Yushin Okami (26-5). The first meeting saw Okami defeating Silva in 2006 via DQ. Silva has been one of the most enigmatic figures in the middleweight division, defeating all those who have come before him. Despite a few bumps along his way to the title, Okami has stormed through the ranks. A win from Silva is always one that causes excitement and uproar as he always seems to find a way to pull off the victory. If Okami can get the victory on Silva’s stomping grounds, he will have pulled off one of the largest upsets in UFC history.
Despite a laundry list of substitutions and injuries, UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz still made good on their delivery of entertaining fights. Philadelphia saw “age” meet “experience” in the card’s opener. An upcoming middleweight stepped up to the main card to face a veteran in his quest to establish himself in the UFC. Two seasoned fighters in the welterweight division added another notch in their combined 100+ fight career. The co-main event truly played into the phrase, “don’t blink” as two 185lbs. contenders collided. In the main event, two former light heavyweight champions met again after their first fight in 2007, only this time with serious title implications for the victor. Now that all has been said and done, here is a recap of UFC 133’s main card and possible match-ups that could be seen for those who had their hand raised.