For UFC 110 the promotion is taking some of their big name stars down under to Australia for the first time as they continue to expand their development into new territories across the globe.
The event, which takes place on the 20th of February is headlined by a heavyweight fight between two of the divisions top contenders, former interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and undefeated prospect Cain Velasquez.
Nogueira looked down and out after a convincing loss to Frank Mir back in December of 2008, but he has since bounced back, defeating hall of famer Randy Couture at UFC 102 in one of the heavyweight fights of the year. Another staph infection has delayed his return to action until now.
Velasquez on the other hand has been keeping busy with fights against Denis Stojnic, Cheick Kongo and Ben Rothwell in 2009, and he has yet to taste defeat.
In what is likely to be the co-main event of the card, Wanderlei Silva makes his first appearance at middleweight to face the UK’s Michael Bisping.
Silva has found life tough since returning to the UFC after a triumphant reign in the Pride Fighting Championships which cemented his legendary status in the sport. He is currently 1-3 in the octagon, and desperately needs a win to prove that he still has what it takes to be successful again.
Bisping returned to winning ways at UFC 105 by defeating Denis Kang. It may have helped to banish some of the memories of his vicious KO loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 100, though the fact that Kang knocked him over in the first round will give cause for concern as he prepares for yet another heavy-handed striker.
Other bouts on the main card include lightweight Aussie prospect George Sotiropoulos facing the toughest test of his career in front of his home crowd against Joe ‘Daddy’ Stevenson who is back on form after victories over Nate Diaz and Spencer Fisher.
TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader will be looking to build on his current three fight win streak when he squares off against Keith Jardine who has fought some of the biggest names in the division, but having won only two of his last six bouts he has to produce a win or will find himself languishing in the prelims, or worse still cut from the promotion in the near future.
Rounding off the main card is a make or break bout for Mirko Cro Cop who has been a shadow of his former self in recent visits to the octagon. In a late change to the card he faces Anthony Perosh (10-5), an Australian veteran who fought for the UFC in 2006, going 0-2 in the promotion.
See the official fight card as it stands so far below:
Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira Vs Cain Velasquez
Wanderlei Silva Vs Michael Bisping
Joe Stevenson Vs George Sitoropoulos
Keith Jardine Vs Ryan Bader
Mirko Cro Cop Vs Anthony Perosh
Stephen Bonnar Vs Krzysztof Soszynski
Chris Lytle Vs Brian Foster
CB Dollaway Vs Goran Reljic
James Te Huna Vs Igor Pokrajac