With UFC 110 appearing for the first time in Australia this Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Sydney’s Acer Arena, this card looks to be the best yet of the year.
The main event features Cain Velasquez against Pride and UFC champ, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueria.
Nogueria comes into this fight as the experienced champ with a record of 32-5-1, 1 NC. Fighting from Brazil, Nogueria brings his great Jiu-Jitsu and boxing skills against the younger opponent.
Velasquez, 7-0-0, is a well rounded fighter from San Jose, CA and will give the crowd a great show.
In a press conference this week, Dana White confirmed that the winner of this fight may face heavyweight champ, Brock Lesnar, despite the upcoming bout for the interim heavyweight belt with Frank Mir and Shane Carwin in UFC 111.
One of my favorite fights of the night will be local, Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva against Michael “The Count” Bisping.
These athletes represent two different generations of MMA fighters and will be a true changing of the guard if Bisping comes out victorious. With this being Silva’s first fight at 185, both fighters will come out explosive and aggressive.
Other great fights of the nights to watch for will be Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski, Keith Jardine vs. Ryan Bader, and Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos.
Injuries and illnesses continue to plague the UFC. With just a few days before the event, Elvis Sinosic, who recently trained locally with Team Tompkins at the TapouT R&D Training Center and at Warrior Training Center, has suffered a shoulder injury. Anthony Perosh will replace heavy weight Ben Rothwell in his bout against Mirko Cro Crop.
In other MMA news, the next Strikeforce Challengers will be Feb. 26 in San Jose, Calif., and will feature Trevor Prangley vs. Karl Amoussou and Sarah Kaufman vs. Takayo Hashi.