When you think of the Memorial Day Holiday weekend the UFC heavyweight division probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. That might soon be changing for MMA fans when UFC 160 takes place this holiday weekend in Las Vegas Nevada.
Headlining the lackluster UFC 155 card, Cain Velasquez came to Las Vegas with revenge on his mind. Facing the man who had beaten him for the title at the inaugural UFC on Fox show, Velasquez was counted out by many in the rematch against Junior Dos Santos. A violent punching machine with fast hips and a rock-hard head, Junior Dos Santos hadn’t found himself in a lick of trouble since coming to the UFC, and considering he’d dispatched Velasquez in under a minute last time out, it was hard to imagine anything had changed.
With Strikefore coming to an end this weekend, heavyweight sensation and grand prix winner Daniel Cormier will be adding absolutely nothing to his career by facing Dion Staring during its farewell event’ co-main event.
On December 14th, Rich “Rare Bread” Hale will be taking on Alexander “Drago” Volkov at Bellator 84 in Hammond Indiana at the Horseheads Casino for the Heavyweight title. The title did belong to Cole Konrad, but an abrupt retirement left the title up for grabs. So Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said the winner of the season 7 tournament would be crowned the new heavyweight champion.
Greatness is an accomplishment everyone wants in his or her life, no matter what you do or what your good at, you should always want to be the greatest at it. Daniel Cormier is great, no doubt there. Frank Mir has achieved greatness, another truth that cannot be denied. In a perfect sense, this fight can be billed under numerous ways: The young gun taking on the veteran champion; UFC & Strikeforce co-promotion becoming the next big attraction; Olympic wrestling vs. World class BJJ. Whichever way this is served, it will be a delightful treat indeed.
At last weekends UFC 149, Cheick Kongo once again proved to many MMA fans his place in the Heavyweight division with a lack luster decision over Shawn Jordan. In what seemed like a motionless clinch against the cage, Kongo and Jordan did very little to show the world why Heavyweights are normally exciting and failed to get off any major striking exchanges in a drawn out 15 minute tussle.
The UFC is all set to make its return to Nottingham, England for UFC on Fuel TV 5 on September 29th, and has just added a heavyweight bout, which will serve as the main event between rising heavyweight stars Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic. Both Struve and Miocic are carrying some serious momentum coming into this fight, as Struve is currently riding a three fight victorious streak, and Miocic has yet to taste defeat in his professional career, standing at an impressive 9-0, including all three of his UFC appearances.
Coming off a brutal submission loss to Frank Mir at UFC 140, in which his humerus bone was broke during a kimura, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is set to make his return to the Octagon. The MMA veteran will be matched up against the French striker Cheick Kongo on July 21st at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.