Ok so tonight’s UFC 161 doesn’t have the interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao or the light heavyweight rematch between Shogun Rua and Antônio Rogério Nogueira. What tonight’s UFC 161 does have though are two former light heavyweight champions in the main event and a heavyweight bout that should bring fireworks.
The UFC had wanted to make a big splash on its first trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with UFC 161 and its interim bantamweight title fight. Unfortunately though, injuries to Renan Barao and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira spoiled those plans and completely reshaped the main card.
With three MMA events in the span of just over 24 hours this weekend, the sport will be on full display across many different platforms and networks.
Injuries have done some serious harm to the UFC 161 fight card, yet the show must go on, and with replacements found where possible, we’ve got a pretty serious event lined up. The main event of Barao vs. Wineland scrapped, we have a fight of champions bumped up into the main card spot, as Rashad Evans takes on Dan Henderson.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was on full display in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil last night at UFC on FUEL TV 10: Nogueira vs. Werdum 2. A record smashing eight submission took place to go along with the two knockouts and two decisions.
Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney has said on many occasions that Bellator would never become a feeder system for the UFC. He’s also stated that only under the right circumstances would Bellator sign fighter’s castoff by the UFC.
The UFC is racking up the frequent flyer miles once again as the promotion returns to Brazil with Saturdays UFC on FUEL TV 10, just three weeks after they left. The card as flown under the radar so to speak due to the event being tied to The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 reality show. Many MMA fans outside of Brazil haven’t even seen an episode and other didn’t even know it was even on.
Well Lyoto Machida doesn’t appear to be getting that title shot, while Phil Davis could be getting a chance at moving way up the light heavyweight rankings. The two have been linked to UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro, but the UFC has yet to make things official.