In the first UFC Fight Night since January, UFC is back on March 26th, with a great free fight card. In what has been an injury filled fight card, we are finally a week away from the event. There are some exciting fights on this card, as TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah is taking on TUF 9 alum DaMarques Johnson. In what was supposed to be a rematch of the TUF 12 Finale bout between Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia, which ended in a very controversial decision victory for Garcia, Garcia will be taking on another fighter in a rematch that many people believed he was gifted a decision against, Chan Sung Jung AKA The Korean Zombie. “The Outlaw” Dan Hardy will be taking on a huge task, in facing Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, in a Welterweight bout. Finally, the main event which was originally scheduled as Antonio Rogerio Nogueira AKA “Lil’ Nog” vs. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz, is now Lil’ Nog vs. the rising up and comer, the undefeated, and Penn State Wrestling star “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis.
Lil’ Nog, as many know, is the twin brother of former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Besides a pretty large indentation in Big Nog’s lower back, (from an accident when he was younger, where he was literally ran over by a truck and fell into a coma having to get part of his liver and a rib removed, hence the indentation) most people can’t even tell the difference between the two. Lil’ Nog made a name for himself back in PRIDE, but so far has only a 2-1 record in the UFC, with one of his wins being a controversial split decision over Jason Brilz. He is coming off a loss to TUF 8 winner, Ryan Bader, who is known for his wrestling. Lil’ Nog’s opponent is also a very good wrestler, so it will be interesting to see if he’s made any improvements from his last fight.
Davis, so far is an undefeated 8-0, with a 4-0 record in the UFC. Davis made his UFC debut, a little over a year ago, defeating then Light Heavyweight (and current Middleweight top contender) Brian Stann. In his last fight, Davis defeated Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch via Modified Kimura, in what UFC commentator Joe Rogan, called “The Mr. Wonderful”. Davis was originally supposed to be fighting Matt “The Hammer” Hamill at UFC 129 in Toronto. With Thiago Silva being removed from his fight with Rampage Jackson at UFC 130, because of a possible failed drug test, Hamill filled in. Davis was then supposed to face Jason Brilz at the event, until Tito Ortiz pulled out of the fight against Lil’ Nog. Davis stepped in, and here we are. Davis is known for heavily relying on his outstanding wrestling, Lil’ Nog is a very good stand up fighter, and is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well. This will easily be the greatest test for the young Penn State alum. It should be a great match up.
The co-main event should be a stand up war between Welterweights, Dan Hardy and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. They are both known for being primarily stand up fighters, with knockout power. Johnson who struggles to make weight, having to cut 55 pounds to get to Welterweight, had considered moving up to Middleweight. He’s been out for almost a year and a half due to a knee injury, with his last fight losing via Rear Naked Choke against Josh Koscheck, back in November of 2009. Hardy is coming off a loss as well, losing in brutal fashion, being knocked out by Carlos Condit in Round 1, back in October of 2010. As I previously said, this should easily be a stand up war to remember, with both men most likely looking for the KO of the Night bonus.
Another very exciting match up, that many should be looking forward to is Leonard Garcia taking on The Korean Zombie, in a rematch of their WEC 48 fight. The first fight won Fight of the Night honors, being a completely non-stop slugfest. Garcia and Jung went after each other from horn to horn for all 3 rounds. Although, it looked like KZ had done more damage, Garcia was awarded the split decision victory. Both men most certainly won’t want a repeat of leaving it in the judges hands. This fight should easily be in contention for another Fight of the Night bonus.
This card is free and should be a good one. The UFC has also announced that two preliminary bouts will be airing on facebook.com, just like it has for the previous couple events. The 2 bouts that will be on facebook are TUF 12 alum “Bruce LeRoy” Alex Caceres vs. Mackens Semerzier in a Featherweight contest and TUF 10 alum Jon Madsen vs. Mike Russow. Madsen will be looking to avoid that Hammerfist of Doom from Russow. UFC Fight Night will air on March 26th at 10 PM, with the facebook preliminary bouts starting at 9 PM. (To watch the UFC bouts on facebook.com just click HERE) Leave a comment at the bottom giving your predictions on the fights.