There’s gonna be a whole lotta shaking going on as top 25 fighters in multiple weight classes throw down on two continents. Let’s take a quick look ahead at Saturday night’s fights.
The main event of the weekend is UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones. The card is headlined by a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout between reigning champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (#1 Light Heavyweight) and number one contender Jon Jones (#4), and supported by marquee bouts featuring Urijah Faber (#4 Bantamweight) vs. Eddie Wineland (#8), and Nate Marquardt (#12 Middleweight) vs. Dan Miller (#29), Jim Miller (#5 Lightweight) vs. Kamal Shalorus (#39), and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (#32 Heavyweight) vs. Brendan Schaub (#23).
Spike TV will play host to two preliminary fights, Luiz Cane (#37 Light Heavyweight) vs. Eliot Marshall (#35) and Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani (#68 Lightweight). The UFC will stream two local feature fights live on Facebook.com; Ricardo Almeida (#18 Welterweight) vs. Mike Pyle (#15) and Kurt Pellegrino (#15 Lightweight) vs. Gleison Tibau (#22).
The unaired prelims feature Joseph Benavidez (#2 Bantamweight) vs. Ian Loveland (#32), Raphael Assuncao (#25 Featherweight) vs. Erik Koch (#17), and Nick Catone (#83 Middleweight) vs. Costantinos Philippou.
(I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pulling for Warren vs. Freire II.)
In Concho, Okla., Bellator 37 features the opening round of its season four featherweight tournament. The four quarterfinal matches pit Patricio Freire (#20 Featherweight) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (#30), Zac George vs. Wilson Reis (#23), Kenny Foster vs. Eric Larkin, and Nazareno Malegarie vs. Daniel Straus (#19).
Bellator’s local undercards continue to improve as Saturday night’s feature bouts include UFC vet Jake Rosholt (#108 Middleweight) vs. John Bryant and UFC vet Roli Delgado (#69 Featherweight) vs. WEC vet Jameel Massouh (#14 Bantamweight).
In Europe, Golden Glory will hold the semifinal bouts in its Ultimate Glory World Series, where one-time UFC fighter and WEC vet John Alessio (#27 Welterweight) will face frustrated Strikeforce hopeful Siyar Bahadurzada (#21 Middleweight) and UFC vet Roan Carneiro (#59 Welterweight) will fight Tommy Depret. To the east, Poland’s premier league KSW will feature a Mamed Khalidov (#48 Middleweight) vs. James Irvin (#94 Light Heavyweight) and Sokoudjou (#83 Light Heavyweight) vs. Jan Blachowicz.
Check back after all the bouts are in the books to see how FIGHT!’s rankings shake out.