2011
2011 in the UFC.
UFC 141: Lesnar vs Overeem
UFC 141: Lesnar vs Overeem from December 30, 2011. The giants of mixed martial arts invade Las Vegas for the last UFC show of 2011, and there will be plenty of thunder in the main event when former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returns to welcome former Strikeforce heavyweight king Alistair Overeem to the Octagon. Literally one of the game’s biggest superstars, Lesnar has never backed down from a challenge, and his showdown with Overeem, a world-class striker with dynamite in his fists, proves it, making this the perfect way to end the year for fight fans. Plus, welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks meet up in a battle that has the potential to shake up the 170-pound weight class.
UFC 140: Jones vs Machida
UFC 140: Jones vs Machida from December 10, 2011. Their dynamic styles have baffled opponents and allowed them to sail to the top of the light heavyweight division, and on Saturday, December 10th, UFC champion Jon “Bones” Jones will look to follow up his finish of “Rampage” Jackson by defeating another former title holder, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. Plus, it’s the rematch fight fans have demanded, as Frank Mir faces “Minotauro” Nogueira in a clash of heavyweight greats and Nogueira’s brother Rogerio faces off against the comeback fighter of 2011, Tito Ortiz.
The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale
The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale from December 3, 2011. The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale had a wild evening of fights in store as season winners were crowned at featherweight and bantamweight, and a contentious coaches’ clash between Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
UFC 139: Shogun vs Henderson
UFC 139: Shogun vs Henderson from November 19, 2011. It’s the dream fight fans have demanded for years, and at UFC 139, it becomes a reality as two of the best light heavyweights of this era, former UFC champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and former two division PRIDE champion Dan Henderson finally meet in the Octagon in what should be a war for the ages. Plus, middleweight gunslingers Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le square off in an explosive striking battle, and two of the bantamweight division’s finest, Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles, fight it out for a shot at the 135-pound crown.
UFC Fight Night: Velasquez vs Dos Santos
UFC Fight Night: Velasquez vs Dos Santos from November 12, 2011. Can you say “watershed moment”? The Octagon made it’s broadcast network debut with UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs. dos Santos with the cataclysmic main event battle for the belt as Junior dos Santos challenged UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
UFC 138: Leben vs Munoz
UFC 138: Leben vs Munoz from November 5, 2011. For years, fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship have called for five round non-title bouts. On November 5th, that wish is granted when top middleweight contenders Chris 'The Crippler' Leben and Mark 'The Filipino Wrecking Machine' Munoz meet in an explosive showdown both fighters have promised to end early. And considering Leben’s recent destruction of the legendary Wanderlei Silva and Munoz’ knockouts of Kendall Grove and CB Dollaway, it’s clear that both 185-pound stars truly mean business.
UFC 137: Penn vs Diaz
UFC 137: Penn vs Diaz from October 29, 2011. Two of mixed martial arts most compelling figures will finally meet in the world-renowned UFC Octagon, as former two-division world champion BJ Penn squares off against former Strikeforce welterweight titleholder Nick Diaz, who is returning to the UFC for the first time since 2006. Virtual mirror images of each other, with devastating striking games and black belt level jiu-jitsu, this UFC 137 main event will be an explosive battle of skill and will.
UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard III
UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3 from October, 8, 2011. Two championship fights set the stage for an unforgettable night of mixed martial arts action. In the UFC 136 main event, the score will finally get settled between lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and unbeaten number one contender Gray Maynard as they battle it out for the third time. Plus, featherweight phenom Jose Aldo defends his 145-pound title against hungry veteran Kenny Florian, and middleweight contenders Chael Sonnen and Brian “All-American” Stann meet in one of the most highly-anticipated bouts of the year.
UFC 135: Jones vs Rampage
UFC 135: Jones vs Rampage from September 24, 2011. He’s the breakout star of 2011, and in the main event of UFC 135, light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will look to finish out the year with another spectacular victory when he defends his belt for the first time against his toughest challenge yet, former title holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Plus, the legend, UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, will try to defuse the high-octane attack of tireless welterweight contender Diego “The Dream” Sanchez in one of the division’s most intriguing matchups.
UFC Fight Night: Shields vs Ellenberger
UFC Fight Night: Shields vs Ellenberger from September 17, 2011. UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger was about making a statement in the welterweight ranks. Emerging talent Jake Ellenberger wanted to make his claim for a title shot. And, perennial contender Jake Shields aimed to prove he deserves his s top spot.
UFC 134: Silva vs Okami
UFC 134: Silva vs Okami from August 27, 2011. For the first time in nearly 13 years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Brazil, and the country’s biggest stars will be on hand to celebrate this historic occasion. In the main event, UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva has more than another title defense on his mind when he faces the last man to defeat him, powerful Japanese contender Yushin “Thunder” Okami. Revenge will also be on the mind of former light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as he looks to avenge his first UFC loss against Forrest Griffin. Plus, heavyweight legend “Minotauro” Nogueira returns to face knockout artist Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub.
UFC Live: Hardy vs Lytle
UFC Live: Hardy vs Lyle from August 14, 2011. It’s an Octagon retirement party! UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle saw the final bout for one of the most exciting fighters ever: Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. The 8x Fight Night bonus winner had one last fireball throwing scrap against Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy.
UFC 133: Evans vs Oritiz
UFC 133: Evans vs Oritiz from August 6, 2011. “Suga” Rashad Evans gets a rematch against rival Tito Ortiz as they look to settle the score from their 2007 draw. Plus, “The Phenom,” Vitor Belfort, collides with the king of the Fight of the Night award, Yoshihiro Akiyama.
UFC 131: Dos Santos vs Carwin
UFC 131: Dos Santos vs Carwin from June 11, 2011. The road to a shot at the UFC heavyweight title gets shorter on Saturday June 11th, as number one contender Junior dos Santos meets former interim champion Shane Carwin in a battle between two of the hardest punchers ever to set foot in the Octagon. Also, longtime lightweight contender Kenny Florian makes his featherweight debut against Brazilian standout Diego “The Gun” Nunes
UFC 130: Rampage vs Hamill
UFC 130: Rampage vs Hamill from May 28, 2011. Fresh from his win over Lyoto Machida, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson continues on his “Rampage” back to the top, but standing in his way is wrestling powerhouse Matt “The Hammer” Hamill, winner of five in a row in the UFC’s toughest division. Plus, two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir tests his fists and wits against fellow Las Vegan Roy “Big Country” Nelson in one of the biggest heavyweight fights of 2011.
UFC 129: St-Pierre vs Shields
UFC 129: St-Pierre vs Shields from April 30, 2011. UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has not lost a round, let alone a fight, in over three years, making him one of the most dominant champions in history. Submission specialist Jake Shields steps up to challenge GSP, and he believes he has the style to end his reign. Plus, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Ontario's Mark "The Machine" Hominick in the UFC's first ever 145-pound championship fight, and legendary Hall of Famer Randy Couture challenges former light heavyweight champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida.
UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs Davis
UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs Davis from March 26, 2011. At UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis, two of the light-heavyweight’s best, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Phil Davis, tangle to stake their claim in the division’s top 10. Also in action, a rematch between Leonard Garcia and “The Korean Zombie”.
UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones
UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones from March 19, 2011. UFC light heavyweight champion Shogun Rua makes his return to the Octagon against Jon “Bones” Jones. Plus Urijah Faber takes on Eddie Wineland and Brendan Schaub battles Mirko Cro Cop. Replay includes Erik Koch vs Raphael Assuncao prelim fight.
UFC Live: Sanchez vs Kampmann
UFC Live: Sanchez vs Kampmann from March 3, 2011. The Octagon arrives in Kentucky! UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann, hosted an absolute welterweight war for the history books as TUF 1 winner Diego Sanchez was in another insane Fight of the Night classic against Martin “Hitman” Kampmann.
UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch
UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch from February 26, 2011. Former two division world champion BJ Penn will waste no time getting back into the Octagon following November's 21 second knockout of Matt Hughes, as he headlines UFC 127 in Australia against top contender Jon Fitch in a battle of two of the 170-pound division's fiercest competitors. Plus, The Ultimate Fighter winner Michael "The Count" Bisping will test his chin and his will against one of the hardest punchers in the middleweight division, seasoned veteran Jorge "El Conquistador" Rivera.
UFC 126: Silva vs Belfort
UFC 126: Silva vs Belfort from February 5, 2011. The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be bringing out the big guns for what promises to be one of the most talked about events of 2011. In the main event, pound for pound king Anderson "The Spider" Silva looks to extend his reign when he defends his middleweight crown against history-seeking Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort, a fighter looking to become only the third man to win UFC titles in two weight classes. Plus, light heavyweight superstars Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin slug it out, and two of the game's rising stars, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader, meet in a clash fight fans have demanded.
UFC Fight Night: Fight for the Troops 2
UFC Fight Night: Fight for the Troops 2 from January 22, 2011. With the Octagon at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 unfolded with action from bantamweight to heavyweight to entertain the all US military audience. In the main event, a lightweight battle between Melvin Guillard and Evan Dunham.
UFC 125: Resolution
UFC 125: Resolution from January 1, 2011. The Ultimate Fighting Championship kicks off 2011 in Las Vegas with a New Year's celebration like no other. In the main event of UFC 125: Resolution, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defends his crown against the only man to beat him, unbeaten number one contender Gray Maynard. Plus, always exciting middleweight contender Chris Leben looks to keep his hot streak going against "All-American" Brian Stann, and all-action Clay Guida takes on Japanese icon Takanori Gomi.
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