UFC 151 Fallout: Catching Up on Where the Fights Will Now Take Place
In the fallout that was UFC 151's cancellation, fights have been frantically rescheduled to take place on upcoming cards. Everything from the main event to the Facebook prelims have been looking for new homes since Dana White called off the card.
So far, eight of the 11 fights that were at UFC 151 have found another home. For the other three fights, the UFC continues to work to get those men in the Octagon sooner than later.
Here is a quick recap of where the fights will now take place.
Fights: Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez, Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo, Dennis Siver vs. Eddie Yagin
As of right now, three fights have no confirmed home since the cancellation of UFC 151.
The first was a main card bout in the featherweight division between German kickboxer Dennis Siver and Eddie Yagin. Right now, I would suggest throwing it on the UFC on Fuel TV card in England, as Siver's European heritage could draw more eyes.
As for Cruickshank-Martinez and Means-Trujillo, all four fighters are American and could grace any undercard in the future. As of right now, most of the upcoming cards are international, hosting cards in such places as Macau, Montreal and Nottingham.
I suppose putting them on the prelims of UFC on Fox in Seattle would be suitable. Unfortunately, it isn't until December, which means they would have to delay their paydays several months.
UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort
Fights added: Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort, Kyle Noke vs. Charlie Brenneman
UFC 152 in Toronto now has a new main event, as Jon Jones will fight Vitor Belfort. Obviously, Jones was supposed to fight Dan Henderson at UFC 151, but his knee injury has moved him out of the fight in general.
Having Vitor fight Jones is highly questionable. Many people don't think Sonnen should be in Belfort's current position, but his offer to fight on eight days notice to save the card was enough to gain the fight.
Also on the card will be a prelim fight between Kyle Noke and Charlie Brenneman. It will grace the Facebook portion of the card, which also will see Mitch Gagnon fight Walel Watson.
UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot
Fights added: Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron, Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares, Michael Johnson vs. Danny Castillo, Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann
A total of four fights from UFC 151 have been moved to UFC on FX in Minnesota.
The first of which will take co-main event status, as Jake Ellenberger meets Jay Hieron in a rematch from their days in the IFL. Hieron got the better of Ellenberger that night, so Jake will be looking for some revenge.
Then, a fight that has been shuffled more times than a deck of cards finds itself a home, as Dennis Hallman meets Thiago Tavares on the undercard. This fight was shuffled back and forth between UFC 150 and 151 before taking its place here.
Also, four top notch wrestlers in the lightweight division will be on the prelims. Danny Castillo will fight a hot Michael Johnson. Also, Jacob Volkmann will look to get back in the win column against Shane Roller.
UFC on Fuel TV: Le vs. Franklin
Fights added: Takeya Mizugaki vs. Jeff Hougland, Yasuhiro Urushitani vs. John Lineker
Two fights with Japanese fighters has been moved to the Macau, China card, as Takeya Mizugaki fights Jeff Hougland and Yasuhiro Urushitani meets John Lineker.
The Lineker-Urushitani fight is the only flyweight bout on the card as of right now. If the UFC wants to make more fans in China, putting flyweights on the card would be a great idea.
As for Hougland-Mizugaki, they are bantamweights, who are also an exciting breed. Both men are looking to get back on track after suffering recent losses.