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UFC 129: St-Pierre, Couture, Machida Fighting Tonight!

Posted by on April 30, 2011 at 7:38 PM EST

UFC-129-st-pierreUFC 129 has one stacked card tonight. Names like St-Pierre, Shields, Couture, Machida and many more. Tonight’s fights should be action packed!

Tonight the UFC invades Canada as Montreal’s favorite son comes home to defend his title in what could be an explosive main event when Georges St-Pierre faces Jake Shields for the UFC Welterweight Championship. The card is stacked and also includes a Featherweight title fight and living legend Randy Couture.

On the preliminary card that will air on Spike TV the featured match-up is Nate Diaz Vs Rory MacDonald. Diaz is coming off a loss to Dong Hyum Kim and is 4-3 in his last seven fights. Tonight he will be looking to prove that he still belongs on the main card of big events while MacDonald does the same as he looks to bounce back after a loss to Carlos Condit.

The Main Card features what could turn out to be five really good fights.

The night starts off with a Lightweight bout that features Mark Bocek Vs. Ben Henderson. Henderson is a former WEC lightweight champ who is looking to prove that he can compete with the big dogs in the UFC. Bocek is a submission specialist who has been around the UFC for several years and should prove to be a tough opponent.

The big boys then hit the ring for a Light Heavyweight fight that features Vladimir Matyushenko Vs. Jason Brilz. Matyushenko is a cagey veteran who has fought all over the world and has a well-rounded style. Brilz is coming off a decision lost to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and is looking to prove that he should be considered a Light Heavyweight contender.

The living legend Randy Couture then takes to the octagon as he faces Lyoto Machida in what could be a very entertaining bout. Machida is a big favorite to win the fight with -350 odds (versus the +285 odds that Couture is getting), but in the past Couture has proved his critics wrong. He will have to get ahold of the elusive Machida and take him down if he wants to win, but I have a feeling he might pull this off.

The first of the championship matchups is for the Featherweight title and features the phenom Jose’ Aldo Vz. Mark Hominick. Aldo is huge -500 favorite to win and for good reason. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2005 and has beaten some of the best Featherweights in the world including Mike Brown, Cub Swanson and Urijah Faber. Hominick has some power so he has a punchers chance, but he has tough night ahead of him.

The main event of the evening features Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre defending his title against Jake Shields. Pierre is a -500 favorite to win and for good reason. He has only lost twice in his professional career and hasn’t been defeat since 2007. He has defended the title five different times against some well-known fighters including BJ Peen, Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves. He has a complete game and is fighting in his home city. Shields is a grappling specialist who has beat some notable guys and was the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, but this is a big step up for him. If nothing else, his legendary fight with Robbie Lawler proved Shields has a lot of heart and won’t go down without a fight.

The action starts tonight with five fights broadcast on Facebook at 6PM EST followed by two fights on Spike TV then the main fight card starting at 9PM EST live on Pay Per View.



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