By Josh Reese
So it seems the UFC has giving us much to talk about as more bouts have been added to cards.
Hector Lombard v Brian Stann
Jake Shields v Ed Herman
Ryan Bader v Lyoto Machida
Thiago Silva v Mauricio Rua
Hector Lombard and Brian Stann are going to fight, the location will be Staples Center Los Angeles and will be part of the UFC on FOX 4 card. Staples center the home of the Lakers and Clippers holds 19,000 plus and will be center stage for a 4th main card on FOX.
Brian Stann (12-4) fromer WEC Light Heavyweight Champ is 4-1 in his last 4 fights with the one loss coming to number one contender Chael Sonnen via submission at UFC 136. Stann’s most current win coming against Alessio Sakara by of KO on UFC on Fuel 2, Stann a top ranked Middleweight will get a chance to start a winning streak and continue his climb in the Middleweight rankings.
UFC’s newest main attraction Hector Lombard (31-2-1-1NC) did not have to wait long for a fight, 5 days is all it took for the UFC brass to figure out what to do with the world class Middleweight. When he was signed fans yelled the name Anderson Silva, but that was a dream the only logical match would be against a top fighter like Stann. Lombard has not lost since 2006, and his only 2 losses came in Pride in 2006 against Akihiro Gono, and Gegard Mousasi. Since then he has added belts from Cage Fighting Championship and Bellator.
Jake Shields (27-6-1) former Welterweight number 1 contender is returning to Middleweight were he once captured the StrikeForce belt. He will make his return to Middleweight in the mile high city at UFC 150. Shields will meet Ed Herman (20-7) who is riding a 3 fight win streak, those 3 wins coming by way of finishes.
Ryan Bader (14-2) has one understandable loss, and one head scratcher his two losses came by way of Tito Ortiz and Jon Jones (champ) both by guillotine. Bader will take another step up as he has drawn Lyoto Machida (17-3) for UFC on FOX 4. Machida is only 1-3 in his last 4 fights but his last four opponents have been UFC champions, with a loss to Jon Jones, win against Randy Couture, and back to back losses to Quinton Jackson and Mauricio Rua.
Mauricio Rua (20-6) last loss was the fight of the year, a 5 round war with Dan Henderson. Rua will get a chance to get back into the win column as he will take on Thiago Silva (14-3-1NC) after his yearlong break the UFC called on Silva to replace Lil Nog who was facing Alexander Gustafsson, Silva after being picked apart by the white Jon Jones was giving a Unanimous Decision loss and both men are looking to get back to their once winning ways, the skinny is this fight could take place on the UFC 149 in Canada.
Lots of movement on the future cards and they don’t look like bad bouts, the question in what do you think? Did the UFC make the right call with these fights?