The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the Versus network tonight for another compilation of free fights, this time rocking out the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The main event features “The Hitman” Martin Kampmann (17-4) butting heads with the fighter previously known as “The Nightmare” and now known as “The Dream” Diego Sanchez (22-4) for one of the welterweights to take a big step closer to putting his name in the hat for a top contender spot. Wrestling fans are in for a treat with the co-main event, a match-up between “The Doberman” CB Dollaway (11-2) and “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (7-2) that is likely to turn into a clinic on MMA wrestling between the two Div. I NCAA competitors. Kicking off the main card is the return of former WEC Bantamweight Champion Brain Bowles (8-1) looking to climb back to the top ranks following his March 2010 loss to Dominick Cruz (16-1) by taking on Jackson’s Submission Fighting graduate “The Angel of Death” Damacio Page (10-6), preceded by former UFC top lightweight contender “Daddy” Joe Stevenson (31-11) taking on WEC transplant “Last Call” Danny Castillo (9-3). A bout that is sure to be a contender for “Fight of the Night” honors pits heavy-hitting Italian striker “Legionarius” Alessio Sakara (15-7) against UFC newcomer “The All-American” Chris Weidman (4-0) in a brawl that undoubtedly will end in spectacular fashion. Let’s have a closer look at this highly-anticipated bout.
UFC President Dana White announced today on a national conference call that the UFC and WEC will be merging in 2011. He said, “Everybody’s been talking about it. I think everybody wanted this to happen, from the fans to the media guys writing it should be done.” White continued, “It was a timing thing. As we start opening these other markets, it made sense.”
“The California Kid” Urijah Faber (23-4) still has a few tricks up his proverbial sleeve.
Faber has been on the road to recovery since his 13-fight winning streak was ground to a screeching halt by a loss to “MTB” Mike Brown (20-6) at their first meeting at WEC 36 in November 2008. In his four fights proceeding the loss against Brown (of which he won only half), Faber lacks the dominance he was once known for that at one point had him burning through the contenders in the featherweight (145lb.) division.
Gaining only two wins in his last five fights is hardly a performance that anyone would call dominant, and would lead one to believe that the once most feared man in the featherweight division has lost his edge. Now, in a movement to rebuild, Urijah has dropped down to the bantamweight (135lb.) division where he plans to launch a new era of “California Kid” dominance in MMA. The transition looks promising for Faber.