I recently took a look back at the exciting first 3 months of 2012 in the world of MMA, and released a poll asking the fans to vote on their favorites. Voting will remain open through April 12, so if you haven’t done so, please take a moment to follow THIS LINK and give us your winners. Results will be revealed on the April 12th edition of The Ultimate Fight Show!
Moving forward and looking ahead, the next 3 months of 2012 should provide fans with an exceptional wealth of entertaining and thrilling fights.
After a drought of major MMA action, not including The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX (the last UFC event was on March 2, while Strikeforce held a big event on March 3), the UFC returns with a flurry of events beginning on April 14th. This free show on FuelTV features Thiago Silva, Brian Stann, and Paulo Thiago.
One week later, we Zuffa returns to pay-per-view with a BANG, as UFC 145 will be headlined by the highly anticipated Light-Heavyweight Title Fight between former friends and training partners Jon Jones and Rashad Evans. The card also includes up-and-coming fan favorite Rory MacDonald, Heavyweight hopeful Brendan Schaub, and longtime veterans Miguel ‘Angel’ Torres and Mark Hominick.
May 5th sees UFC on FOX 3 hit the airwaves, featuring a pair of Title Eliminators. Jim Miller battles Nate Diaz for a future Lightweight Title shot, while Josh Koscheck looks to stop the rolling Johny Hendricks in the Welterweight Division. Also showcased will be popular Heavyweight Pat Barry and Middleweight Submission Specialist Rousimar Palhares.
Oh, and let’s not forget the HUGE Floyd Mayweather/Miguel Cotto pay-per-view on that very same night! FIGHT FANS REJOICE!
Another UFC on FuelTV card takes place on May 15, then Strikeforce takes center stage on the 19th with the finale (FINALLY) of their Heavyweight Grad-Prix. Josh Barnett will face Daniel Cormier in the tournament finals, while Gilbert Melendez defends his Lightweight Title against Josh Thomson.
May 26 is going to be a big night for the UFC. And when I say big, I mean BIG!
UFC 146 is set to feature nothing but Heavyweights on its pay-per-view broadcast, highlighted by the Heavyweight Championship of the World. *Junior dosSantos will defend his crown against former Strikeforce and K-1 Heavyweight King Alistair Overeem. That title’s #1 Contender is also expected to be decided when former champions Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir fight in the Co-Main Event. Other match-ups on the main card include Roy Nelson vs. Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, Shane del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, and Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve.
*On April 4th, it was announced that Alistair Overeem failed a random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and his status for the Title Fight is in question. Speculation is that either Cain Velasquez or Frank Mir could step in to that spot if necessary. Tune in to The Ultimate Fight Show, and LIKE our Official Facebook Page for the latest on this Breaking News story.*
The month of June will continue to see great action with the following line-up:
- The Ultimate Fighter Finale – June 1 (Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann)
- UFC on FX 3 – June 8 (Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall)
- UFC on FX 4 – June 22 (Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard)
- UFC 147 – June 23 (Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen for the UFC Middleweight Championship, Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva, TUF Brazil Finals
*Also remember that Manny Pacquiao fights Timothy Bradley on June 9th.
HOLY BIG WEEKENDS, BATMAN! That 22nd-23rd/Friday-Saturday double-header is going to be crazy! If Guida/Maynard isn’t enough to get your juices flowing, try throwing in the most anticipated rematch in MMA history on top of it. And if THAT is not enough, UFC 147 is a stacked card that is going to take place in Rio de Janeiro, at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange. In case you are unaware, that is a soccer stadium expected to sell out more than 80,000 seats! Anderson Silva may be the least of Chael P. Sonnen’s worries, as he has taken every opportunity to bash the fine people ofBrazil at every turn, and has been branded as Brazil’s Public Enemy #1. OH BABY! I cannot wait!
And that will all take place in the second quarter of the year (before July).
Beyond that, the rest of the year still has Faber/Cruz III, Henderson/Edgar II, Ortiz/Griffin III (set to be Tito Ortiz’s Retirement Fight), the Return of Georges St-Pierre, Ronda Rousey’s first challenger, and much, much more!
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