UFC 121 Shaping up: Tito Ortiz will fight Hamill, Napao Gonzaga will square off against Brendan SchaubPosted on July 23, 2010, 09:14 AM by Anton Gurevich
It looks like the Ultimate Fighting Championship's October 23rd event can already be labeled as the best fight card of the year. UFC 121 is expected to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California just five days after the promotion's UFC 120 event in London, England.
According to MMAJunkie.com, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz will return to the Octagon against Matt "The Hammer" Hamill. Ortiz did not win a fight since his bout against Ken Shamrock back in 2006, unlike Hamill who is coming off an hard-fought victory over Keith Jardine. Ortiz made no secret about his desire to fight Chuck Liddell or Forrest Griffin, instead will have to test his skills against a very talented wrestler in Matt Hamill.
Also, Sportsnet.ca reports that the former UFC Heavyweight Title challenger Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga will look to bounce back from a loss to Junior Dos Santos, against the TUF 10 finalist Brendan Schaub. Both fighters never went to Decision in their career, and are well known for their exceptional Knockout power. Gonzaga is Schaub's toughest test since fighting Roy Nelson at the TUF 10 Finale. Schaub's victory could solidify his place in the UFC Heavyweight division, after collecting two W's against Chris Tuscherer and Chase Gormley.
Those bouts are a hefty addition to the already-stacked UFC 121 event, which will be headlined by the UFC Heavyweight Title fight between Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar. Jake Shields will make his UFC debut against Martin Kampmann, as Diego Sanchez will fight Paulo Thiago. TUF 11 Winner Court McGee will also take part in the event.
Rumored UFC 121 bouts:
Heavyweight Championship bout: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Cain Velasquez
Welterweight bout: Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
Light Heavyweight bout: Matt Hamill vs. Tito Ortiz
Heavyweight bout: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Brendan Schaub
Welterweight bout: Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
Middleweight bout: Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
Heavyweight bout: Todd Duffee vs. Jon Madsen
Middleweight bout: Patrick Côté vs. Tom Lawlor
Lightweight bout: Paul Taylor vs. Sam Stout