As far as 2011 goes you’re going to be hard pushed to find a better main card than UFC 126 on February 5th for Superbowl Weekend.
The card is headlined by a middleweight title fight between two of Brazil’s finest, current champion Anderson Silva and former light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. In terms of a stand-up battle this might be as good as it gets at 185lbs at this moment in time.
The co-main event between light-heavyweight stars Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin could easily serve as a main event on another card, but it’s clear the UFC are keen to stack this particular Las Vegas event high, and we’re certainly not complaining. Both men are coming off notable wins over legends Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell respectively, and another victory here could propel either into the title mix at 205lbs.
Two of the new-breed of light-heavyweight fighters also feature on the main card as rising star Jon Jones faces off against TUF season 8 winner Ryan Bader. 2011 is set to be a huge year for the winner of this one.
Jake Ellenberger was originally set to face Jon Fitch, but with him now being shifted over to face BJ Penn at UFC 127, Ellenberger now gets Brazilian up-and-comer Carlos Eduardo Rocha instead.
Finally the main card is rounded out with one of the WEC’s biggest stars, former featherweight champion Miguel Torres who’ll fight WEC veteran Antonio Banuelos in their UFC debuts.
Meanwhile the prelims will play host to the debuts of two Japanese favorites, ‘Kid’ Yamamoto and Michihiro Omigawa who both face tough fights against Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson and Chad Mendes respectively.
There’s also a potential ‘Fight Of The Night’ scrap on offer between another WEC favorite Donald Cerrone (who steps in for the injured Sam Stout) and the UK’s Paul Kelly to look forward to.
Check out the full card for UFC 126 below.
Anderson Silva (champion) vs. Vitor Belfort (For The Middleweight Title)
Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones
Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos
Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly
Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor
Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Ricardo Romero
Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Demetrious Johnson vs. Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto