Somebody buy Joe Silva a beer!
The UFC matchmaker has clearly been working overtime in the last few weeks, as he has already put together a stellar line up for the upcoming UFC 121 event in Anaheim, California.
In the space of a few short weeks, the UFC 121 card in October has had great match after great match added to it and the event lineup isn't even complete yet!
At the time of writing this, six fights have been confirmed, and they are all potentially spectacular, making this already one of the best looking PPV cards this year even with a blockbuster summer of events that we are only half-way through.
As announced earlier this year and then confirmed at UFC 116, the event will be headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez, in what should be another huge main event. Brock Lesnar has become PPV gold for the UFC and, in another defense of his UFC Heavyweight Title, the crowds will surely be lining up.
In what looks like a likely co-main event, newly acquired former Strikeforce standout Jake Shields will make his UFC debut in a Welterweight clash, against the highly ranked Martin Kampmann.
This is a big test for both Shields and Kampmann and could very well determine a future challenger to the 170-lbs crown.
Another top Welterweight clash, only recently announced, is Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago. Both are top fighters coming off of losses and will be eager to put on a strong showing to realign their places in the deep division. Just great match-making Mr. Silva.
Also confirmed for UFC 121 is a potential stand up war at Lightweight between Paul Taylor and Sam Stout. Both of these guys always come to fight and this could very well be a great opening to the main card or definitely a Spike TV pre-lim.
UFC 121 will also see the full debut of the recent Ultimate Fighter Winner Court McGee in a good test against Ryan Jensen at Middleweight.
Finally, the announced fights to date are rounded off by a great Middleweight clash between the always-entertaining Tom Lawlor and the granite-chinned Canadian Patrick Cote.
I am just blown away with how quickly the quality of fights that Joe Silva and the UFC have managed to put together for UFC 121 in the last few weeks.
For all the criticism and flak that the UFC and Joe Silva sometimes receive, it is only right that we give credit where it is due—for the good work they have shown in building this event.
Joe Silva gets a tip of my hat and now has me officially pumped for UFC 121 already!
What do you think?
*Just when I thought it couldn't get any better it appears that UFC 121 just did.
Announced today is the fight of rising Heavyweight prospect Brendan Schaub squaring off against regular division gatekeeper Gabriel Gonzaga.
Plus UFC legend Tio Ortiz will finally get back in the Octagon against Matt Hamill.*
UFC 121 Fights Announced
Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
Paul Taylor vs. Sam Stout
Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
Tom Lawlor vs. Patrick Cote
Gabriel Gonzaga vs Brendan Schaub
Tito Ortiz vs Matt Hamill
Greg Parfitt is a Featured MMA writer on Bleacher Report.