It’s the ultimate event of the year with the original Ultimate Fighter, Forrest Griffin defending his title against “Sugar” Rashad Evans. Then the Ultimate Fighter coaches face off as Interim World Heavyweight Champion, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira takes on former heavyweight champion, Frank Mir. Plus, two of the hardest hitting light heavyweights go toe-to-toe when Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva battles former light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
CB Dollaway and Mike Massenzio first met on the wrestling mat, with Dollaway beating Massenzio in the 2002-2003 NJCAA national finals. The rules have changed but the stakes are just as high when these two middleweight prospects clash for the second time.
A respected battler with 6 wins, Mostapha Al-Turk will be tested immediately in his debut against highly-regarded contender Cheick Kongo, a fearsome fighting machine with 5 UFC wins that have gotten more and more impressive.
Heavyweight prospect Antoni Hardonk got a spirited effort out of late replacement Mike Wessel in their UFC 92 preliminary bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. In the end, the experience and stamina of Hardonk won out as he TKOed Wessel in the second round
Light heavyweight prospect Matt Hamill bounced back from his loss to Rich Franklin in imressive style at UFC 92, halting fellow wrestler Reese Andy in the second round of a scheduled three round contest.
Just 3-0 as a mixed martial artist, New Orleans native Pat Barry comes to the UFC with other experience: 18 wins as a pro kickboxer. His opponent, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt, Dan Evensen, has a rep of his own with 6 of his 10 wins coming via TKO.
Two of the greatest Heavyweight division Jiu-jitsu specialists finally got their chance to square off when they met inside the Octagon at UFC 92 for the Interim Heavyweight championship. However, it wasn’t their ground skills that were showcased; Mir picked apart Nogueira while on their feet ending the fight in the second round via TKO.
Long-time veteran, Elvis Sinosic returns to the Octagon to face TUF 1 winner Forrest Griffin. Four years ago, Sinosic was fighting for a title and his goal is to get a 2nd chance at the UFC gold. Griffin is 2-0 in his young but illustrious UFC career.
The last time Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar shared the same Octagon, they fought in the most historic match in UFC history. Watch and see if they have enough magic saved up for their repeat performance.
It was the long awaited debut of PRIDE superstar Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua inside the Octagon™. Forrest Griffin wanted nothing better than to spoil Shogun's debut and climb his way up the UFC® light heavyweight ladder.