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Sato, Stevenson, and Vinny at UFC Expo

Now that Limp Bizkit has been kicked off the bill, the UFC Expo will now feature 50% less douche. Plus we can start paying more attention to some of the other events that are going on, like the big grappling tournament featuring some interesting people:

In the headline superfight on Friday, July 10th, mixed martial arts pioneer Rumina “Moon Wolf” Sato faces Ulysses “Useless” Gomez. Also in action on Friday, July 10th, against an opponent to be determined, will be The Ultimate Fighter 8’s Vinicius Magalhaes.

On Saturday, July 11th, the action continues with a match pitting four-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion and WEC contender Fredson Paixao against 22-time Grapplers Quest champ Jeff “Pipelayer” Glover, and an intriguing showdown between UFC lightweight contender Joe “Daddy” Stevenson and Bill “The Grill” Cooper. The Superfight doubleheaders on both days begin at 1pm.

Here’s where being a grappling ignoramus sucks. I’d love to tell you all sorts of interesting things about these guys but I don’t know shit past the fact that Sato is a Shooto champ and Gomez is a 7-time Grappler’s Quest and Pankration world champ. We all remember Vinny as proof that even awesome jits can’t survive a few good punches to the face. And Jeff Glover is … Jeff Glover. I really need to get someone to write the grappling posts for me.

Suffice to say it’s gonna be some good shit, and let’s hope the UFC does an expo every year and as it gets better maybe we’ll also see the participation of more top UFC fighters alongside the best of the grappling world.