For the second time in its history, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will set up shop in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On Saturday, Aug. 27, the UFC will present UFC 134, a stacked event with one current champion and three former champions on the main card. All bouts will be available for viewing through Pay-Per-View, network cable TV and on facebook.com/UFC.
Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Yushin “Thunder” Okami
Anderson Silva - Curitiba, Brazil, 6-2, 185 pounds, 28-4-0 (Middleweight Champion)
Yushin Okami - Kanagawa, Japan, 6-2, 185 pounds, 27-5-0
This main event is one of the most anticipated rematches in history. Yushin Okami is the last man to defeat Anderson Silva. Their original match occurred way back in January of 2006, and Okami won by disqualification after Silva knocked him out with an illegal kick. Silva stated that he did not understand the rules, and most mixed martial arts (MMA) critics think that he hasn’t been technically defeated since New Years Eve of 2004. This has now turned into a grudge match. Silva believes Okami could have continued, but opted for the win by disqualification. He also said that he wasn’t defeated. Okami, however, feels otherwise.
Look for Silva to be all business in this bout. Fighting in his backyard for the first time in the UFC will only add fuel to the fire.
Silva by Knockout
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Mauricio Rua - Curitiba, Brazil, 6-1, 205 pounds, 19-5-0 (former light heavyweight champion)
Forrest Griffin - Columbus, Ohio, 6-3, 205 pounds, 18-6-0 (former light heavyweight champion)
Another rematch will take the co-main event spot on this card. Mauricio Rua was ranked the No. 1 light heavyweight in the world until a UFC scrub by the name of Forrest Griffin outworked and battered him for three rounds at UFC 76. Griffin, one fight later, went on to beat Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to win the light heavyweight championship. Griffin lost the belt in the next fight.
Even though each fighter has seen his share of injuries and adversity in the ring, both appear to be back to full health. Outside of a title shot, this is one of the biggest fights of their career. The winner will stay relevant, while the loser will take a back seat in a very competitive division.
Griffin by Split Decision
Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub vs. Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira
Brendan Schaub - Aurora, Colo., 6-4, 240 pounds, 9-1-0 (“Ultimate Fighter” season 10 runner-up)
Antonio Nogueira - Bahia, Brazil, 6-3, 240 pounds, 32-6-1 (former heavyweight champion)
UFC president Dana White has stated that with an impressive performance, Brendan Schaub could be next in line for a heavyweight title shot. If Schaub completes his mission on Saturday night, he will have disposed of two of the most decorated fighters in MMA history back-to-back.
Antonio Nogueira hasn’t fought in a year and a half, and even in his last fight, he looked like a shell of his former self. With that said, the man known as “Big Nog” could be past his prime. Another loss and he may be very close to UFC retirement.
Nogueira by Submission (Armbar)
Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson vs. Edson “Junior” Barboza
Ross Pearson - Sunderland, England, 5-8, 155 pounds, 14-4-0 (“Ultimate Fighter” season nine winner )
Edson Barboza - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 5-11, 155 pounds, 8-0-0
This is a great match-up. Ross Pearson, “The Ultimate Fighter” season nine winner, will face Brazilian-native Edson Barboza, an undefeated Muay Thai black belt. Barboza, like Pearson, looks to have a bright future ahead of him in the UFC. In fact, this could be an early candidate for Fight of the Night.
I see Barboza pulling the upset and stamping his name permanently on the UFC roster.
Barboza by Unanimous Decision
Luiz “Banha” Cane vs. Stanislav “Stucky” Nedkov
Luiz Cane - Sao Paulo, Brazil, 6-2, 205 pounds, 12-3-0
Stanislav Nedkov - Turnovo, Bulgaria, 5-11, 205 pounds, 11-0-0
Cane by TKO (Strikes)
Thiago Tavares vs. Spencer “The King” Fisher (live on network cable TV)
Fisher by Unanimous Decision
Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares vs. Dan Miller (live on network cable TV)
Palhares by Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Paulo Thiago vs. David “Daudi” Mitchell (live on Facebook.com/ufc)
Thiago by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Raphael Assuncao vs. Johnny Eduardo (live on Facebook.com/ufc)
Eduardo by Unanimous Decision
Yuri “Marajo” Alcantara vs. Felipe “Sertanejo” Arantes (live on Facebook.com/ufc)
Alcantara by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Yves “Tiger” Jabouin vs. Ian “The Barn Owl” Loveland (live on Facebook.com/ufc)
Loveland by Unanimous Decision