UFC 123: Fight Card, Sold Out Arena, Pay-per-view and Rampage Jackson
Here’s our guide to tonight’s UFC 123, including the fight card, the sold out arena, the Rampage vs Machida fight and Penn vs Hughes fight.
Tonight’s UFC card should be a good one with two fights that could easily both be main events. The fights will take place at the Palace at Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan and according to the box office it is sold out. This is a big card that should sell well on pay per view. Nearly every UFC pay per view event is now drawing close to the 1 million buy mark. Not too long ago UFC 100 set a record with around 1.7 million pay per view buys. That was a big card with Brock Lesnar taking on Frank Mir and George St-Pierre taking on Thiago Alves. Tonight’s card probably won’t reach those numbers, but there is no reason to think it won’t break 1 million buys.
The card has some potentially great fights. The main event features Quentin “Rampage” Jackson stepping back into the ring to take on Lyoto Machida. Both men are angling for a shot at UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. A shot at the title would be sweet for both as both Rampage and Machida are former champions, but for Machida it could be sweet revenge since he successfully defended the title against Rua once, then lost to him in the rematch. Tonight’s fight should be hard fought by both men as Rampage tries to get back on the winning road and show the world that he still has some gas left in his tank. After losing to Rashad Evens and “retiring” to make the A-Team movie Rampage has only had one fight about 18 months and that fight was the three round decision to Evens. He will be coming hard to prove that he is still worthy of being a main event player in the UFC.
The co-headliner features BJ Penn Vs. Matt Hughes. It is always interesting when a couple of UFC legends hit the cage. Penn is coming off back to back loses to Frankie Edgar so you know he will be motivated. Penn is 1 and 1 against Hughes in his career. He beat him with a choke earlier in his career then got knocked out by him in their last meeting in 2006 so Penn should have plenty of fire in his gut to make a strong showing here. When Penn is on, focused and in shape there are few better in the game. Hughes comes into the fight riding a three fight winning streak with wins over Matt Serra and Renzo Gracie among them. A win against Penn could put him right in the middle of talks for a shot at St-Pierre and the Welterweight title.
Another fight I look forward to is Phil Davis Vs. Tim Boetsch. Davis is still undefeated with a record of 7-0 and is looking to step up and make a statement while Boetsch is riding a four win streak and is looking to move up in the contender standings. Both guys have a lot to fight for so this one could be electric.
UFC 123 has a lot going on and should provide both casual and hardcore fans plenty to cheer for.
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