New Years Weekend in Las Vegas is known for being when some of the biggest fights of the year take place, and 2007 will be no exception. After sustaining a back injury, Matt Serra was forced to withdraw from his UFC 79 title fight with Matt Hughes. But finding another opponent took no time at all, as yet another nemesis of Hughes stepped up to the challenge – former champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre. At UFC 79, Hughes and St-Pierre will do battle for the third time to determine who will walk away with the interim UFC Welterweight Title and the chance to face Matt Serra next year for the undisputed championship. Then, the matchup that fans have waited years to see is finally here. UFC legend Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell will step foot int
Former champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre stepped into the Octagon™ with his nemesis Matt Hughes at UFC® 79. Hughes and St-Pierre went to battle for the third time to determine who would walk away with the interim UFC® Welterweight Bouts Title and the chance to face Matt Serra for the undisputed championship.
Two of the biggest names in MMA collided at UFC® 79 as Liddell and Silva finally squared off. Both fighters were coming off of back-to-back losses and both wanted to get back into the chase for the 205lb title.
In 19 combined pro fights, heavyweights Eddie Sanchez and Soa Palelei have never forced judges to render a verdict on their bouts. Now the two meet on a collision course where only one of these big men is likely to be left standing at the final bell.
Sokoudjou makes his Octagon™ debut at UFC® 79 against the very dangerous counter striker Lyoto Machida. Sokoudjou's two previous Pride® fights didn't last 2 minutes. Machida however has been known to take fights the distance.
The bad blood between Louisiana rivals Rich Clementi and Melvin Guillard runs deep and has been boiling for years. They finally get the chance to settle things once and for all in the Octagon in what should be one of the most explosive battles of 2007.
Rio de Janeiro’s Luis Cane comes to the UFC with a rep as a fast starter and an even faster finisher, with all 7 of his wins coming by TKO/KO or submission. James Irvin will look to put a stop to him, already having KOs over Terry Martin & Hector Ramirez.
Hard-hitting Illinois product Nate Mohr bounced back from a slow start to hismma career by winning 5 of his last 6 bouts, with 4 by TKO. He look to continue his success, but if TUF Season 5's Manny Gamburyan has anything to say about it, he won't.
Jordan Radev, a former member of the Bulgarian Olympic Wrestling team & winner of 16 of 18 pro mma bouts gets his chance for redemption against seasoned veteran Dean Lister, "The Boogeyman" who's also making a return from sidelining injury.
Roan Carneiro steps in the Octagon with a 1-1 slate after a win over Clementi and a hard-fought loss to Fitch. A move to Florida and the American Top Team, might have prepared him to take on Tony DeSouza, an assistant coach of TUF 5 who's back in the game.
Ontario native Mark Bocek gained a worldwide reputation as one of the premier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners on the planet, with a number of accolades to prove it. He now faces Doug Evans, the Alaskan ground and pound king.