In the main event, Mark Hunt & Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva have had eleven stoppage finishes in twelve fights over the last three years and with both coming off nasty knockout losses they’ll be looking to re-establish themselves.
In the co-headliner we have legendary striker Mauricio ‘Shogun Rua and the ever game James Te-Huna looking to come back from submission losses. I don’t see any way this fight is boring.
Third on the bill is American gatekeeper Ryan Bader looking to keep his head above preliminary card water against Anthony ‘Hippo’ Perosh, who despite being largely underrated is 4-2 in his most recent UFC run and hasn’t gone to a decision since 2006.
Soa Palelei is the next Aussie flying the flag, taking his wrestling and ground & pound based game and nine fight win streak to the always entertaining, if grappling deficient Pat Barry who needs a win after his nasty KO loss to Shawn Jordan.
If those four matches have a bell to bell time of more than half an hour I’ll eat my hat.
Further down the card is less obviously exciting but featuring such quality talent as Julie Kedzie and Takeya Mizugaki along with a bundle of UFC debutants with impressive records, most notably Ben ‘Manimal’ Wall who featured on TUF: Smashes it’s well worth switching on early.
This Friday night, from 11pm online (youtube, ufc.tv, mmajunkie etc.) then from midnight on BT Sport in the UK, check local listings or http://www.ufc.com for elsewhere.