UFC 129 is now officially in the books and although the main event was less than stellar, the card as a whole has to be considered a dynamic success.
The UFC did an outstanding job getting The Rogers Centre in Toronto ready for 55,000 screaming, rabid fans who were able to enjoy some memorable bouts and the end of an era with the retirement of Randy Couture.
As we move into the warmer months of the spring and summer, the weather isn't the only thing that will be heating up. The next few months are littered with title bouts, rematches and fights that will eventually have title implications behind them.
There are fighters returning from injury as well as fighters returning to the UFC after fighting elsewhere.
Speaking of returns, the UFC will make its way back to Brazil for the first time in over a decade when they invade the HSBC Arena in August for UFC: Rio also known as UFC 134. In what promises to be an explosive event, the organization is pulling out all stops to ensure that the Brazilian fans go home happy.
Strikeforce also has some important bouts coming up, the rumored Dan Henderson-Fedor Emelianenko match-up has yet to be signed nor has a weight been determined, but it is drawing a lot of attention.
UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta has become personally involved in the negotiations, so that should tell you the company views the potential fight as an important one.
Let us take a look at a month-by-month breakdown of the most important fights scheduled over the next couple of months. I would love to go over every single match-up, but there just isn't enough time in the day. I am sure we can come up with enough high-profile bouts to keep us talking for quite some time.
For the time, being I am going to end this article with the July 2 UFC 132 event. Next week I will go over UFC 133, 134, UFC on Versus 5 and Strikeforce in July.
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