The UFC will be in Newark, New Jersey this weekend with a UFC 159 fight card that features the light heavyweight champion Jon Jones versus the “People’s Champion” Chael Sonnen for the UFC light heavyweight title. The Ultimate Fighter 17 coaches played nice during the show but returned to hyping the fight (Sonnen) and mean mugging (Jones) as the two will finally step into the cage on Saturday.
The UFC makes its return to San Jose, California this weekend with the UFC on FOX 7, sporting a main card with a UFC vs. Strikeforce feel to it. The four UFC on FOX 7 bout on the main card feature one UFC veteran against a former Strikeforce fighter, which seems only fitting since they are in the old stomping grounds of the once #2 Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the United States.
The UFC is pushing out Ultimate Fighter winner’s right and left these days and at Saturday’s Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, Dana White will be handing out yet another trophy. The 17th season of the reality series has been one of the best ever and Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum are the last two fighters standing.
First we gave you the winners from Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9, so of course now it’s time to give you losers. Before the event even started it was Alexander Gustfsson and the fans who were the big losers. The Swede suffered a cut above his eye and was unable to headline the fight card in Stockholm, Sweden. Luckily for the hometown fans in attendance another Swede stepped in to face Gegard Mousasi in the main event.
The second trip to Stockholm, Sweden for the UFC had a dark cloud hanging above it due the late change in the main event, but Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 did have several bright spots. The fight card saw several impressive performances inside the Octagon, including a 19 second knockout as well as a few successful promotional debuts.
The last few days have been spent figuring out figuring out who would be in this Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 main event. A cut to the face of the hometown fighter Alexander Gustafsson forced a very late opponent change for Gegard Mousasi. Instead of a five round main event against a top five light heavyweight in Gustafsson, Mousasi now faces the unknown Llir Latifi in a three round bout.
It was a fight that had people buzzing like nothing else, as hardcore and casual fans alike longed for Saturday night to arrive. The out-of-ring antics of Nick Diaz sold the fight, both for fans of the rebellious Stockton native and fans of Georges St. Pierre that wanted to see him unleash hell upon his opponent.
Saturday’s UFC 158 was filled with welterweight action, capped off by the UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre successfully defending his title against Nick Diaz. The fight card had a total of six welterweight bouts in all and the nights outcomes altered the direction of many of the division’s top fighters.