UFC 161 is becoming more distant by the day. If you look into the not-too-distant future, you’ll see that UFC 162 is just over the horizon and getting closer by the second.
UFC 162 will take place on July 6. The event features a deep card, especially in the featherweight division. Three of the Top-10 fighters in that weight class will be competing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on that night.
However, the featherweights will not be the main attraction. That honor goes to the middleweights, as there will be four 185-pound contests on the fight card.
In the preliminaries, Chris Leben and Andrew Craig will look to rebound from losses, while Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch will hope to stay in the Top 10 of the division with a win.
On the main card, Strikeforce imports Tim Kennedy and Roger Gracie will look to show the UFC bosses that they belong with the promotion.
The last middleweight bout on the card is the one most fans, fighters and MMA pundits will be endlessly analyzing from now until the cage door locks behind the combatants. Those combatants will be middleweight champion Anderson Silva and the No. 1 contender, Chris Weidman.
Many believe that Weidman, a strong wrestler with a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, has the skills to give the longstanding champion fits.
One person who doesn’t see things that way is the vanquished opponent of Silva, Dan Henderson. Rick J. Lee recently caught up with the former Pride and Strikeforce champion to get his take on the bout.