After the excitement of UFC 116 last weekend the rest of July is relatively quiet, which leaves us looking a little further afield to get our MMA fix.
Luckily new Australian promotion has a couple of interesting cards set to go with a host of familiar names, starting with Impact FC 1 – ‘The Uprising’, which takes place in Brisbane this weekend.
Headlining the event is Josh Barnett, the former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight star who will be taking on the Brazilian Geronimo Dos Santos, a stand-up fighter holding a record of 18-9.
A man of Barnett’s talents should really be fighting for one of the major promotions, but steroid issues have limited his opportunities recently, though he did pick up a win in DREAM earlier this year against Mighty Mo. Meanwhile Dos Santos has stated that if he wins this bout he expects to sign for US promotion Strikeforce.
The event also sees the return of Karo Parisyan, another fighter who’s found himself out of the spotlight despite his obvious talents. Well documented problems with pain killers, anxiety attacks and other issues eventually led to him being banished from the UFC.
A year and a half later he gets back to fighting against local fighter Ben Mortimer (5-2), a last minute replacement for Parisyan’s original opponent.
Former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton also features, taking on the experienced Brian Ebersole (41-15). Newton weighed in over the 170lb limit for the fight (for the second time in two fights), but the contest will go on nonetheless.
Sokoudjou, a veteran of the UFC, PRIDE and DREAM meanwhile faces Joaquim Ferreira, the only fighter to have defeated rising UFC star Junior Dos Santos, back in 2007. Ferreira’s recent form has been less impressive though, with three straight defeats.
Rounding off the known quantities at the event, the well traveled Jeff Monson will fight Ubiratan Lima Marinho, a Brazilian who’s on a 10 fight win streak.
Check out the full fight card for Impact FC 1 below, and stayed tuned to https://mmainsight.com tomorrow for all the results from the event.
- Josh Barnett vs. Geronimo Dos Santos
- Karo Parisyan vs. Ben Mortimer
- Carlos Newton vs. Brian Ebersole
- Joaquim Ferreira vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
- Jeff Monson vs. Ubiratan Lima Marinho
- Thiago Meller vs. Jai Bradney
- Fabio Fernandes vs. Api Hemara
- Tom Waters (160.5) vs. Jacob Mahony