This Saturday night the UFC drops in on the South American country of Brazil for only the second time since the organization’s inception and does so in spectacular fashion in the form of UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami. The card is chock full of hometown heroes with the likes of light heavyweight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt “Banha” Luiz Cane (9-3), heavy-handed former Ring of Combat Lightweight Champion Edson Barboza (8-0), “Minotauro” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-6-1) of PRIDE fame, and top-ranked former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “Shogun” Mauricio Rua (19-5) battling it out with undefeated Bulgarian fighter Stanislav Nedkov (5-0), British slugger “The Real Deal” Ross Pearson (17-6-1), The Ultimate Fighter10 runner-up “The Hybrid” Brendan Schaub (7-1), and comical fan favorite Forrest Griffin (18-6), respectively. Headlining the event is a rematch for the ages with UFC Middleweight Champion and top pound-for-pound fighter in the world “The Spider” Anderson Silva (28-4) putting his long-standing UFC title on the line against the last man to hand him a loss, “Thunder” Yushin Okami (26-5). UFC 134 showcases some of the promotion’s premier talent and promises to deliver entertainment in a big way. Here, the MMA Gospel staff predicts what they think will go down this Saturday night.
Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) and The Fight Club (TFC) veteran “The Real Deal” Ryan Ford (15-3) has officially signed with Bellator Fighting Championships. The Canadian-born welterweight made his name under the MFC banner as well as fellow Canadian promotion The Fight Club where he currently holds the 170lbs. championship title.
Ford is mostly remembered for his war with fellow welterweight scrapper and The Ultimate Fighter alum “The Secret Weapon” Pete Spratt (21-19) as well as his aggressive go-for-broke style. With 14 finishes and one decision in his four-year career it’s easy to see why “The Real Deal” is adored in his home land of Canada. Along with making his Bellator debut, his new flagship promotion will bring Ford stateside for the first time, as he has yet to fight outside of the Great White North.