In the past 24 hours there’s been another influx of interesting fights been revealed for forthcoming UFC events as the promotion solidifies their winter schedule.
Brandon Vera Vs Thiago Silva: UFC 125
Two long-term injury victims at light-heavyweight, Brandon Vera and Thiago Silva are set for a tough battle in their return to the octagon at UFC 125 on January 1st according to MMAJunkie.
Vera has been on the treatment table since a devastating loss to Jon ‘Bones’ Jones in March that left him with his face broken in three places. Following on from a controversial loss to Randy Couture that means that this is a must win fight for Vera if he wants to remain in contention at 205lbs.
By the time he steps into the cage it will have been almost exactly a year since Silva last fought, with a recurring back problem requiring surgery and rehab. Having lost two of his last three bouts the Brazilian will also be looking at this as a crucial fight at this stage of his career.
Kendall Grove Vs Demian Maia: TUF 12 Finale
TUF season 3 winner Kendall Grove will make an appearance at The Ultimate Fighter 12 finale in a very challenging match-up with jiu-jitsu wizard Demian Maia.
The news comes from Grove himself on twitter, with the Hawaiian noting that Maia is one of the best in the division. With that in mind Maia may feel a little disappointed to be facing Grove who’s form has been somewhat patchy over the years and is not currently in the title mix.
The Brazilian is coming off a win over Mario Miranda at UFC 118 at the end of August, his first fight since failing to seize the middleweight title from Anderson Silva earlier in the year. Over a month earlier Grove also picked up a victory at UFC 116 against Goran Reljic.
George Sotiropoulos Vs Joe Lauzon: UFC 123
Yesterday an Australian newspaper reported that George Sotiropoulos was set to face either Kenny Florian or BJ Penn next.
That has now proven not to be the case, but the Aussie will be back in action in November at UFC 123 against Joe Lauzon, and according to MMAJunkie a win for Sotiropoulos could install him as the next No.1 contender at 155lbs.
Sotiropoulos has been on a tear recently, notching up six victories without defeat since appearing on TUF season 6. Meanwhile Lauzon rightly received plaudits for his two minute demolition of Gabe Ruediger at UFC 118, taking his UFC record to 6-2.
While Lauzon is not currently in line for a title shot a win over Sotiropoulos would certainly propel him into the mix in a division that’s currently in a state of flux.