MMA hosts own version of March madness
Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) and Johny Hendricks (blue gloves) react after their welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Nov. 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; (Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)
Last weekend, UFC Fight Night 37 took place from O2 Arena in London, England. Alexander Gustafsson (16-2) put himself back into title contention in the light heavyweight division with a second-round TKO victory over Jimi Manuwa (14-1). The hard-hitting Swede would love to find redemption against current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (19-1) in a possible and much-anticipated rematch. First, Jones needs to defend his title against a tough Glover Teixeira (22-2) at UFC 172 on April 26.
This Saturday is UFC 171 and a new UFC welterweight champion will be crowned. Johny Hendricks (15-2) and Robbie Lawler (22-9) will be going head-to-head in the main event for the title that Georges St-Pierre vacated. Hendricks believes that Lawler is a much tougher fight than GSP ever was.
"Georges, you knew that he was going to throw a jab, a high kick, a low kick, and try to take you down. That's his game plan," Hendricks said. "Robbie, if you make a mistake, we've seen it time and time again, he can knock you out. So you really have to make sure that you stay focused, cross all your T's and dot all your I’s, and make sure that you stay solid. That's a lot more dangerous fight."
That main event fight is complimented nicely with a stacked card that will feature the likes of Carlos Condit vs Tyron Woodley, Diego Sanchez vs Myles Jury, and Jake Shields vs Hector Lombard.
In local MMA news, Battlefield Fight League will be putting on a solid night of fights at the River Rock Casino this Friday evening. Leo Xavier (2-0-1) and Dajan Kajic (3-2-2, 1 NC) will be taking care of unfinished business as their last fight ended in a draw at BFL 26 back in December.
If you can’t make it this Friday, Battlefield 29 will be returning to the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam on March 29, where some of B.C.’s best amateurs will be throwing down. Current BFL amateur bantamweight champion Craig Maclean (6-2) will be defending his title against a tough Oliver Vajda (9-1). I always recommend getting your buddies together and spending a Friday night watching some high-end local fights. Go to Ticketmaster.ca to scoop up some tickets.
MMASucka.com and I will be at the Burke Beer House in Port Coquitlam this Saturday for UFC 171. We will be giving away random prizes or you can earn a prize or two by playing our UFC pick ‘em game.