On Friday, May 28 at 1PM PT, ADCC world champion Penny Thomas locks horns with MMA veteran Shayna Baszler in an intriguing women’s matchup. Plus, former UFC star Hermes Franca, a dangerous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt who owns submission victories over the likes of Nate Diaz, Mike Brown, and Jamie Varner, takes on jiu jitsu phenom Bill “The Grill” Cooper.
Then, on Saturday, May 29 at 1PM PT, UFC star and MMA legend Caol Uno battles WEC contender and four-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion Fredson Paixao in an exciting grappling showdown. If that wasn’t enough, WEC star Javier Vazquez, a Gracie Jiu Jitsu black belt, takes on 23-time Grapplers Quest champ Jeff “Pipelayer” Glover in what is sure to be an explosive contest.
There’s probably nothing behind the women’s matchup, but it’s still cool to see a female superfight getting attention at the UFC expo. I’ve always loved Shayna Baszler’s catch wrestling style and Penny Thomas is top flight, so it should be a great match – if you’re lucky enough to be in Vegas when it happens. For those of us who aren’t, hopefully the next Fan Expo will have something equally enjoyable – it’ll take place in Boston over UFC 118 weekend.