Stacked fight cards expected at UFC 129 and 130Posted on January 7, 2011, 05:20 PM by Joey Santosus
Former Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir and TUF 10 alum Roy "Big Country" Nelson have reportedly agreed to face one another in a bout expected to take place as part of the Memorial Day weekend UFC 130 event.
The contractual issues that forced Nelson out of an earlier event were expected to keep him sidelined for an indefinite period of time, however along with news of the potential match-up came reassurance that this would no longer be problematic for the former IFL champ.
Mir will look to continue building momentum after his dramatic third-round knockout of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in his last outing at September's UFC 119. Having posted a 3-2 mark in his last five fights, a win here will be crucial for the veteran as he looks to make another run at the division title.
After knocking out Brendan Schaub in the finale to become the Season 10 Ultimate Fighter, "Big Country" followed up with an impressive 39-second knockout win over Sefan Struve. However, his title hopes were dashed when he dropped a decision to Junior Dos Santos in a bout that was to name the division's number one contender. A win over Mir would undoubtedly put Nelson back on track.
Rampage Jackson vs Thiago Silva rumoured for UFC 130
Coming off of a dominating win over Brandon Vera, Thiago Silva made his intentions felt in the Lightheavyweight division. The talented Brazilian striker has lost just twice in his career, to Machida and Rashad, both former Champs. With his previous win, Silva expressed an interest to move up the ranks, and now it looks like he might get his wish, in the shape of former Lightheavyweight Champion Rampage Jackson.
Heavy hitting Rampage was last seen rebounding to a loss against Rashad Evans, by beating another former champ, Lyoto Machida. Rampage rebounded in spectacular fashion, to beat an opponent with only one defeat who many believed would be too much for Rampage. The PRIDE legend showed a return to form that has been lacking in some of his UFC fights.
Silva is currently 6-2 inside The Octagon, 15-2 overall. The former Chute Boxe Protege now fights out of American Top Team. The heavy hitter is known for some of his highlight reel KO's, but also holds a Black Belt in BJJ.
With both fighters known for their stand up skills, fireworks are guaranteed if this bout goes ahead as planned on May 28th.
Rick Story is also expected to face Thiago Alves, while Stefan Struve seems likely to meet Travis Browne at the same event.
Matt Hamill vs Phil Davis confirmed for UFC 129
In other news, exciting Lightheavyweight prospect "Mr Wonderful" Phil Davis, will face off against veteran wrestler Matt Hamill at UFC 129. This will be Davis's toughest test to date, as he looks to continue his unbeaten run as a Mixed Martial Artist. Currently 8-0 overall (4-0 in the UFC), Davis is one of the wrestlers who can never be described as boring. Last seen putting a brutal one handed Kimura on Phil Boetsch, Davis will come into this bout brimming with confidence.
Hamill made history in his first UFC fight, becoming the promotions first deaf fighter. Holding a 10-2 record, Hamill has only lost to Rich Franklin and a very questionable decision to Michael Bisping. Last seen putting a beating on Tito Ortiz, Hamill is currently the only man to hold a "win" over hot prospect Jon Jones, albeit via DQ. The Ultimate Fighter three contestant currently rides 5 win streak, holding wins over Keith Jardine and Mark Munoz, as well as Jones.
Source: MMA Weekly
As it stands, UFC have given fans two cards to look forward to.
UFC 129 rumoured card:
Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada
* Georges St. Pierre (C) vs Jake Shields
* Randy Couture vs Lyoto Machida
* Phil Davis vs. Matt Hamill
* Ben Henderson vs. Mark Bocek
* Rory MacDonald vs. James Wilks
* Brian Foster vs. Sean Pierson
* Jonathan Brookins vs. John Makdessi
* Daniel Roberts vs. Claude Patrick
* Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin
* Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia
* Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen
UFC 130 rumoured card
May 28, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
* Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson
* Quinton Jackson vs. Thiago Silva
* Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story
* Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve
A third bout between Lightweight Champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard is also rumoured for this event, provided Edgar is granted medical clearance.