Following a dominant victory over Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 168, John “Doomsday” Howard continues to climb the rankings since returning to the UFC back in August of 2013. With a career resurgence and an ever-improving skill set, “Doomsday” is highly focused and motivated on marching towards the title in his second campaign with the worlds biggest MMA promotion
The hype is swirling around the two championship bouts on this weekend’s UFC 168 event but aside from those there are several interesting bouts that you should take notice of. A win to close out 2013 could propel some of these athletes further up the ladder in their respective divisions while a loss could have some adding changes to their New Year’s resolutions. Let’s take a look at three fights that may have been flying under the radar.
A new bout has been formed for the UFC on FOX 8 card as Robbie Lawler’s (10-9) opponent Tarec Saffiedine (14-3) has suffered an injury, which has forced him to withdraw from their scheduled matchup. Siyar Bahadurzada (21-5-1) has stepped in as a replacement and now faces Lawler at UFC on FOX 8, which takes place at the Key Arena in Seattle, Wash., on July 27.
UFC on FUEL TV 8 takes place this evening at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva reached iconic status during his days fighting in Pride FC in Japan and will look to reclaims some of that glory tonight as he faces war veteran and former WEC light heavyweight champ Brian Stann in the main event.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its return to Japan this weekend with a stacked card on “free” television. “UFC on Fuel TV 8” takes place Saturday, March 2, at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. There’s a long history of amazing MMA and combat sporting events in Saitama, and there’s something special about seeing the UFC holding events there and helping to revive the mixed martial arts scene in Japan.