Among the rash of talented up and coming prospects that occupy Team Alpha Male, Lance Palmer very well may be the cream of the crop. He is set to take on Georgi Karakhanyan on December 7th at WSOF 7 for the first ever World Series of Fighting featherweight championship.
Over the last several years Chael Sonnen, (the American Gangster, the People’s Champ, the Gangster from West Linn) has transformed himself into one of the faces of the UFC. Or is it that the many faces of Chael Sonnen have transformed the UFC? Either way, he has injected himself into the mainstream consciousness in a way no fighter before him was ever able to do
The UFC is pretty busy this week as they put on their third “Fight for the Troops” event Wednesday with UFC Fight Night 31 and then head to Brazil for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 32. Following a common theme of recent Fight Night events, these two cards are void of any true contender match-ups.
In terms of buzz from a fan perspective and coverage by the media, Bellator 106 was without a doubt the biggest and most important card in the history of the promotion. It was also saved from imminent failure when Tito Ortiz was injured and the card was moved to SpikeTV. The card, on paper, was excellent but most agreed that the promotion was not ready to make the move to pay-per-view, especially with the initial main event.
Saturday afternoon the UFC makes its first appearance on the fledgling Fox Sports 2 with its UFC Fight Night 30. With a number of mediocre fight cards taking place over the weekend, on paper the UFC appears to have the best of the bunch. But similarly to its predecessor in the Fight Night timeline, UFC Fight Night 29, this card is void of top matchups where a true number one contender may emerge.
Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos are the class of the heavyweight division in mixed martial arts. They have proven thus far that they are head and shoulders above the competition. As a result, they will be fighting each other for the third time in two years at this weekend’s UFC 166. This is a product of their superiority combined with the overall lack of depth in the heavyweight division.
Ronda Rousey is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars currently fighting in the UFC. Due to a combination of her skill, attitude and sexuality, she has been able to transcend into many different media outlets previously untouched by UFC fighters.