The day of reckoning is almost here. It’s going to be a brutal, exciting clash of the titans when current UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, takes on the undefeated number one contender, Cain Velasquez.
UFC 121 is scheduled for October 23rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, and the fight card is absolutely stacked. The main card features the following bouts: Lesnar VS Velasquez (heavyweight title fight), Shields VS Kampmann, Sanchez VS Thiago, Ortiz VS Hamill, and Schaub VS Gonzaga. This card has been highly anticipated as fans worldwide feel that Velasquez will be Lesnar’s toughest test to date.
Main Event, Heavyweight Title Bout, Brock Lesnar VS Cain Velasquez:
This could prove to be Lesnar’s toughest opponent since he entered the octagon. Cain Velasquez will bring highly-touted wrestling credentials into the bout, as well as a set of heavy hands. Lesnar said that he has had the best camp to date, and that he is healthier than ever due to strict diet and exercise regiments. Cain will cause Lesnar problems early, and the two will be hesitant to engage, but Lesnar will come out of this victorious as his superior wrestling and body-frame set him up for a TKO victory. Lesnar via 3rd round TKO.
Co-main Event, Welterweight Bout, Jake Shields VS Martin Kampmann:
This could be one of the most anticipated match ups of the year for the UFC. This is Shields’ first bout since crossing the boundaries from Strikeforce to the UFC. He vacated his Strikeforce title in hopes of becoming the UFC’s welterweight champion, but he will have to get through a fiery, hungry Martin Kampmann first. The Dane, Kampmann, is coming off a huge decision win over Brazilian-ace, Paulo Thiago. This match up favors Shields due to the fact that his grappling and ground and pound are far superior to Kampmann’s. This fight will go the distance–ending in a decision victory for Shields.
Welterweight Bout, Diego Sanchez VS Paulo Thiago:
This match up is interesting because the loser of this bout will fall tremendously down the welterweight ladder. Thiago is coming off a loss to Martin Kampmann, while Sanchez is coming off two straight losses (and we all know three straight losses can lead to a fighter’s release from the UFC). This fight is more important for Diego because he will become a virtual nobody if he loses. I believe that Sanchez is more well-rounded as a fighter than Thiago, but Paulo Thiago is absolutely nasty at what he does–he’s brutal and technical. Paulo Thiago will ultimately submit Sanchez in the third round. Thiago via 3rd round submission (rear naked choke).
Light Heavyweight Bout, Tito Ortiz VS Matt Hamill:
Tito Ortiz hasn’t fought in almost a year, and he is coming off of two straight losses. Hamill is riding a four-fight win streak (if you count his DQ win against Jon Jones a victory). Ortiz is looking to prove he can still hang in the UFC’s LHW division, but his injury plagued career will prove to be his kryptonite. This is a classic wrestler VS wrestler match up, and I think ring rust will play a factor in Ortiz’s ability to dominate Hamill. This one is going to a decision in favor of Hamill.
Heavyweight Bout, Brendan Schaub VS Gabriel Gonzaga:
This may be the first bout on the main card, but this is the bout I’m most excited for right behind the main event. Both of these fighters are warriors. They don’t pick and choose their openings. They don’t lay-and-pray their way to victory. This is going to look more like a K-1 than MMA. This will be a stand-up war, and it will end early. Schaub is a lot less experienced than Gonzaga, but he will make Zags work for a win. Gonzaga will catch Schaub early in the second round and get the TKO victory. Gonzaga via 2nd round TKO.
So, there you have it–UFC 121′s main card. It should be very entertaining (especially after the weak event that was UFC 120 last weekend). Lesnar will remain heavyweight king, Shields will propel himself into, or near, a title shot, Sanchez will fall of the radar, Hamill will overwhelm Ortiz, and Gonzaga will get a much-needed TKO victory over Schaub. Grab your buddies, get some brews and enjoy the fights!