There’s been plenty of upcoming fights in the UFC being rumored in the past couple of days, so let’s take a closer look at some of the action we might have in store for us in the coming months.
Firstly, a significant bout in the lightweight division between two cardio machines in Clay Guida and former champion Sean Sherk is expected to go down at Ultimate Fight Night 21 in March according to the NWItimes.
After back-to- back defeats to former No.1 contenders Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian, Guida is not getting an easy fight to help him notch up a win, but if he could do so against Sherk it would certainly put the fan-favorite right back in the mix at 155lbs.
It’s a challenging fight for Sherk too, particularly as he hasn’t fought since losing to Frankie Edgar in May of last year due to injuries. With two of his four career losses coming in his last three fights, he will undoubtedly be looking to make a statement in what should be an intriguing three round battle.
Fresh off his quick submission victory over Duane Ludwig earlier this month, mmajunkie are reporting that Jim Miller is set to get back into training to face Mark Bocek at UFC 111 on March 27th, with both fighters expected to sign off on the fight in the near future.
Having recently been preparing to face high ranking opposition like Sean Sherk and Tyson Griffin before injuries struck, Miller may have reason to feel disappointed that he is not going to be facing a more established name.
Instead he faces a genuine challenge in Bocek who looked good in his first round submission victory over over Joe Brammer at the TUF 10 finale in December, picking up the ‘Submission Of The Night’ award.
Another fighter who impressed at UFC 108 at the turn of the year was Sam Stout, and mmajunkie are on the ball again with the news that he has verbally agreed to fight Jeremy Stephens at UFC 113, which takes place in Montreal in May.
There had been some talk amongst fans that Stout should face a step up in competition in his next fight after his stand-out performance against Joe Lauzon, but I’m pleased to see that the UFC has resisted that temptation, and instead given him another mid-level opponent who should provide an entertaining fight for the fans.
Both fighters love to stand and bang, and with Stephens last two victories in the octagon being awarded ‘Knockout Of The Night’, and Stout holding four ‘Fight Of The Night’ accolades, this one is almost guaranteed to deliver.
Also on tap for UFC 113 according to mmafighting.com is a welterweight bout between Jonathan Goulet and Marcus Davis.
Davis desperately needs a win after losing the war of words with Dan Hardy, and then the fight itself at UFC 99, and going on to suffer the first KO of his career against Ben Saunders at UFC 106 in November.
Goulet on the other hand didn’t fight at all in 2009, his last bout being a defeat to Mike Swick back in October of ’08. With a current record of 4-4 in the octagon, Goulet, like Davis, will go into this fight knowing that a defeat would be bad news for his career.
Finally, the second Ultimate Fight Night card scheduled for March – UFN 22, is suggested to be the likely event for a Nate Quarry Vs Jorge Rivera showdown, mmajunkie reports.
Despite the two fighters being legitimate veterans at the age of 37, both are coming of victories in their previous visit to the octagon. Quarry claimed a unanimous decision over Tim Credeur at UFN 19, winning ‘Fight Of The Night’ honors, while Rivera claimed a TKO over Rob Kimmons at UFC 104.
Bear in mind that none of these bouts are official just yet, and as we’ve seen in recent times, fights are often changed due to injuries and an assortment of other reasons at any stage.