UFC 126: Fight Card and Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
UFC 126 Fight Card, Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort on Pay-Per-View.
This Saturday night at the sold out Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Anderson Silva, probably the best pound for pound MMA fighter in the world, takes to the octagon to defend his Middleweight title in UFC 126 against Vitor Belfort on pay-per-view.
While some big names have pulled out of the fight card for this weekend due to injury, it still has the potential to be a very good card.
Starting off the UFC night will be a fight that will be streamed live on Facebook. This Bantamweight fight pits Norifumi Yamamoto against Demetrious Johnson. This is both fighters’ UFC debut. Yamamoto has mostly fought in Japan and Asia in the Dream promotion and Johnson was part of the WEC.
Spike TV will air the next two preliminary bouts including a Featherweight match between Chad Mendes and Michihiro Omigawa and a Lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Paul Kelly. Kelly is the only fighter among the four who has fought in the UFC. Cerrone and Mendes come out the WEC system. When the UFC bought WEC they did so hoping to shore up the lighter weight divisions which had been a little lacking in the UFC. These are some of those guys they wanted access to and now we will get to see them in action.
The main card gets started with Miguel Torres taking on Antonio Banuelos. Both of these guys are veterans of the octagon and are from the WEC system so you know they are going to want to impress. This could be a very exciting fight.
There are two Light Heavyweight fights on card. The first features Jon Jones and Ryan Bader. Bader is a perfect 12-0 while Jones is 11-1 with that loss coming by DQ from an illegal elbow strike. Jones likes to swing and has seven knockouts. This could be a high energy fight. When it comes to high energy, few bring it like Forrest Griffin who will take on Rich Franklin in the other Light Heavyweight bout. Griffin is a former Light Heavyweight champ who is a crowd favorite and always a contender for fight of the night honors. Franklin is the former middleweight champion who recently made the move to Light Heavyweight where he knocked out UFC legend Chuck Liddell. Both men are going to want to prove they deserve a title shot. This fight easily could be the fight of the night.
The main event pits the man, the myth, the legend Anderson Silva against Vitor Belfort for the UFC Middleweight title. Belfort comes in hot having won five straight with four knockouts. Silva, on the other hand, hasn’t lost since January of 2006. Many experts believe that when Silva is motivated and interested he is the best fighter in the world. He currently holds the record for most title defenses in the UFC with seven and has won his last 13 fights. He can beat you with submissions or with strikes. Over those 13 wins eight are by knockout, one was a decision and the other four were from submissions. Dana White was critical of Silva after his five round decision victory over Demian Maia in UFC 112. Silva came back strong and put on a great performance in UFC 117. Belfort should prove to be a tough opponent for him. He has name recognition and is someone Silva will not take lightly. I look or Silva to bring his “A” game to this one. If he does so, he will almost certainly win this fight, but Belfort is a scrapper and anyone with power always has a punchers chance. He could catch Silva and with the 4oz gloves hey wear in the UFC that could be all it takes.
Tune in Saturday night first on Facebook, then on Spike TV and last on Pay Per View to catch all the UFC 126 action.
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