There seems to be some confusion as to what we're calling the UFC action in Seattle on Saturday night. Depending on whom you ask, you might hear UFC Fight Night 24, UFC Fight Night: Seattle or UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis.
That's a little irritating and possibly not the best promotional approach, but you know what they say about a rose by any other name...
Regardless of what you call this blossoming card, it promises to smell just as sweet once the leather starts flying.
The centerpiece is, of course, the main event between Antonio "Minotoro" Rogerio Nogueira and Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis. The twin brother of legendary heavyweight Antonio "Minotauro" Rodrigo, Nogueira was originally set to take on Tito "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Ortiz, but Tito suffered what's been reported as a gnarly cut in training so he had to withdraw from the bout.
That turned out to be a blessing in disguise for a variety of reasons.
Mr. Wonderful is a far more relevant light heavyweight than either Little Nog or the guy from Huntington Beach (Ortiz ain't much of a bad boy anymore, at least not in the Octagon). With eight wins in eight trips to the cage, the undefeated 26-year-old is one of the brightest up-and-comers in the organization. A distinction which took on a much more interesting hue in the wake of Jon "Bones" Jones' ascension to the 205-pound throne at UFC 128.
Murmurings around the MMA world have pegged Davis as a potential thorn in the side of Jones' soon-to-be-mythical joyride through the division. This will be his first chance to prove those whisperings aren't simply the ravings of predictable contrarians and he'll get it against a considerably tougher opponent than anyone he's yet seen.
In other words, yeehaw!
And the fun doesn't stop there.
John "The Hitman" Hathaway will try to bounce back from his first loss in 15 engagements, which counts as intriguing when you consider the Brit is only 23. Alex Caceres, only 22 himself, will make his injury-delayed UFC debut after an eventful spin on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.
Finally, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon after a knee injury waylaid him for almost 18 months. He'll trade nuclear bombs with fellow dynamic striker Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy in what is sure to be a feast for the fight fan's senses.
All in all, it's quite a nice little bundle of hostility for a free offering on Spike TV and Facebook.
However, if you can't catch the visuals, Bleacher Report will have all the action and results for you live. So check back with us when the gloves drop around 3:15 PM PT.
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