On November 20th UFC 123 will go down in Auburn Hills, Michigan with a light-heavyweight main event that’s sure to be a must-see for all MMA fans.
Former 205lb champions Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Lyoto Machida are keen to climb back to the top of the ladder ASAP, and a win at UFC 123 would be a major step towards reaching that goal.
Rampage was the king of the division back in 2007, but since then he’s gone 2-2 with both Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans outpointing him. With the distractions of the A-Team movie now well and truly in the rear-view mirror the hope is that we’ll see a refocused and rejuvenated Jackson in this crucial bout.
Meanwhile Machida is still getting used to the taste of defeat after losing for the first time in his seventeen fight career against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 113 earlier in the year, and will have to be at his best if he wants to ensure that was a one off.
The co-main event sees two more men who have climbed to the very top of the UFC mountain, BJ Penn and Matt Hughes, waging war for a third time in the octagon.
Penn is coming off back-to-back decision losses against Frankie Edgar at lightweight and it seems the chance to put that behind him and move up to 170lbs to face his old rival was the perfect fight to remotivate him.
It had been suggested that at the age of 36 Hughes desire to compete may be fading, but three wins on the trot suggests otherwise and despite vowing to take the rest of the year off he too could not resist the chance to settle an old score with ‘The Prodigy.’
Interestingly the UFC have opted to bring a new face, the Brazilian Maiquel Falcao right into the main card mix at UFC 123 to face Gerald Harris.
Coming from the Chute Box camp Falcao has an impressive 25-3 record and has the perfect opportunity to make an immediate impact in the middleweight division. Meanwhile there’s no question his opponent Harris has certainly earned his right to a main card spot, having put together four wins in a row since joining the promotion.
Also on the main card is a light-heavyweight encounter between Tim Boetsch who’s currently in his second spell with the UFC and Phil Davis who’s made a big impression in the prelims since arriving earlier this year, and already has three wins under his belt.
Finally a significant bout for the lightweight division sees the fast rising George Sotiropoulos taking on Joe Lauzon with the Aussie being poised to be handed the No.1 contenders spot at 155lbs if he can notch up his seventh win inside the octagon.
There’s also some tasty looking bouts on the undercard of UFC 123, with Mark Munoz Vs Aaron Simpson, Matt Brown Vs Rory MacDonald and Karo Parisyan Vs Dennis Hallman in particular all catching the eye.
See the full UFC 123 fight card below.
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida
- Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn
- Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves vs. Gerald Harris
- Tim Boetsch vs. Phil Davis
- Joe Lauzon vs. George Sotiropoulos
- Mark Munoz vs. Aaron Simpson
- Matt Brown vs. Rory MacDonald
- Dennis Hallman vs. Karo Parisyan
- Darren Elkins vs. Edson Barboza
- Paul Kelly vs. Gabe Ruediger
- Nik Lentz vs. Tyson Griffin