Zuffa matchmakers have been busy bees this past week filling out several cards, but for brevity’s sake this Fights! post will stick to the card that’s suddenly filled out like your teenage daughter. Not a girl, not yet a woman. I wonder what her undercard looks like?
Shogun Rua vs Forrest Griffin 2: We all thought Forrest Griffin had balls of steel when he asked to fight Shogun Rua the first time around. This was Shogun’s first bout in the UFC – at the time he was 16-2 and considered the best light heavyweight in the world. He was also rushing back from a complete knee reconstruction. Forrest whupped Shogun for three rounds and choked him out with 15 seconds left in the fight. Now it’s time for Shogun to attempt revenge in front of his home crowd. This may be easier said than done – Forrest took all of 2010 off and looked a lot less raggedy when he manhandled Rich Franklin last month.
Edson Barboza vs Ross Pearson: Ross has been impressing people with his improved striking lately but it’s takedowns he’ll need if he wants to survive his fight with Edson Barboza. The crappy thing about being a TUF winner is having enough name recognition to be fed to an up and coming ass kicker. This is going to be Barboza’s coming out party, and Pearson is the piñata that’ll be lucky to make it out of the cage on his own two feet.
Luiz Cane vs Stanislav Nedkov: A quick mauling of Eliot Marshall isn’t enough to prove to me that Luiz Cane is ‘back’, but he’ll have another opportunity to impress us all against Nedkov. The Bulgarian once needed a split decision to defeat Kevin Randleman. In 2009! That’s seven years past acceptable.
Thiago Tavares vs Spencer Fisher: Neither guys are gonna be competing for a belt any time soon but win or lose they consistantly put on some pretty entertaining fights. Since they’ve both been losing more than winning though, whoever drops this one will probably find themselves out of a job. And Tavares used to be part of the Thiago Triforce of Ass Kicking too…