This Saturday, August 14th we’ll be veering off the beaten track to take in Powerhouse World Promotion’s ‘War On The Mainland’ event which plays host to a number of familiar names from the MMA world and a handful of UFC vets.
The headline attraction sees two UFC heavyweight veterans Tim Sylvia and Paul Buentello slugging it out.
Sylvia went on a well publicized slump after leaving the UFC in 2008 following a loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, notching up further losses to Fedor Emelianenko and former boxer Ray Mercer in a combined time of just 45 seconds. Wins over Jason Riley and former Worlds Strongest Man Marius Pudzianowski have steadied the ship, but Sylvia needs to fight respected opponents in order to salvage his reputation.
Buentello is a step in the right direction. ‘The Headhunter’ recently spent a brief second spell in the UFC, though it proved unsuccessful with a decision loss to Stefan Struve and a submission defeat against Cheick Kongo. He has since got back on the horse with a win at Shark Fights 11 in May, and will hope that a win over Sylvia can put him back in with a chance of a recall to the UFC.
There are some relatively interesting bouts supporting the main event too. For instance former UFC middleweight No.1 contender Thales Leites, who has claimed three victories since being cut from the promotion, will face former IFL champion Matt Horwich who’ll be looking to get back to winning ways after going 1-3 since leaving the UFC in April of 2009.
One of MMA’s most loved fighters Jens Pulver will also fighting at the event after being cut from the WEC recently. Though some have called for his retirement after a rough 1-5 spell in the WEC Pulver still feels he has something to offer at the age of 35, and will put that to the test against up and comer Diego Garijo who’s 4-1 in his fledgling career.
Two other former UFC fighter’s Jason Lambert and Alan Goes also square off in the main card, with Goes, who is better known for his fights in PRIDE, coming back to the cage after a three year layoff.
See the full fight card for the event below.
- Tim Sylvia Vs Paul Buentello
- Jason Lambert Vs Tony Lopez
- Thales Leites Vs Matt Horwich
- Jens Pulver Vs Diego Garijo
- Gustavo Machado Vs Rick Reeves
- Jorge Ortiz Vs Terry Martin
- Cleber Luciano Vs Todd Willingham
- Joao Silva Vs Erin Beach
- Evan Aitkens Vs Chad McCausland
- AJ Matthews Vs Sean Choice