UFC 123 is this Saturday night in Detroit with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson taking on Lyoto Machida in the main event. Let's take a look back at the last big card the UFC had, which was UFC 121 in Anaheim, California.
Cain Velasquez upset Brock Lesnar to win the UFC heavyweight title. I was very suprised to see the fight end in the first round. Most MMA fans expected the fight to go at least three rounds or even go the distance.
Mexican fans were overjoyed with Velasquez winning the belt, but UFC President Dana White probably wasn't as happy since Lesnar is the biggest draw the UFC has.
Lesnar looked like he didn't want to exchange punches standing up and he did not like getting hit at all. He kept on running away as Velasquez was going on the offensive.
It was a very impressive performance by Velasquez and the first challenger to his title will be Junior Dos Santos from Brazil.
Jake Shields defeated Martin Kampmann by split decision in Shields' UFC debut.
Shields had a tough weight cut before the fight and he did not have a quality showing at all. He will still be getting the next title shot against the winner of Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck.
I don't think Shields should be next in line for a title shot since he barely beat Kampmann and some feel that he lost the fight. Shields is on a big winning streak but he is only 1-0 in the UFC and I feel that he should have to beat Jon Fitch before he becomes the number one challenger to St. Pierre's belt.
Tito Ortiz lost to Mark Hamill and it looked like Ortiz might get cut by the UFC, but now it appears that he has at least one more shot to try to stay in the world's biggest MMA promotion.
If Ortiz does get cut, I am sure Strikeforce and Scott Coker will sign him so we can finally see the Ortiz vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral fight that fans have been looking forward to for a few years. Those two fighters have had a war of words in the past.
UFC 121 had a lot of pay per view buys because fans wanted to see Lesnar. Lesnar will now be a lesser draw due to his loss, but he still is the UFC's biggest superstar. However, if he does lose in his next match inside the Octagon, fight fans won't be as interested in buying pay per view shows with him as the main event.
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