Remember that supposed period of weak fight cards the UFC went through? Well so much for that.
With the month of February looking rather solid already with UFC 109 and UFC 110 from Australia, the promotion is stepping it up even harder in March.
UFC 111 is set to go down on March 27th and mark the UFC’s debut in New Jersey. Already featured as the main and co-main events are two title matches. Welterweight champion Georges St.-Pierre is scheduled to defend his title against Dan Hardy meanwhile heavyweights Frank Mir and Shane Carwin are set to do battle for the interim heavyweight title while current champion Brock Lesnar recovers from an illness.
While those two fights would be enough to carry a card on their own, the UFC doesn’t seem content to stand on those fights alone in their first return to the East Coast since the successful UFC 101 from Philadelphia.
Also scheduled for the main card on UFC 111 is an outstanding rematch between top welterweights Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves. Then there is the recent announcement of a match between fellow welterweight contenders Martin Kampmann and Ben Saunders shoring up the fourth slot on the card.
And if that isn’t enough, how about a native New Jerseyian filling the fifth and final slot on the event’s main card? Not just any native fighter but an MMA instructor who runs his own gym named Ricardo Almeida.
The former middleweight fighter is incredibly dangerous on the ground and rather solid on his feet when he chooses to be. His problem seems to be a lack of consistency and perhaps a lack of focus that could be directly related to running a MMA gym and fighting only every eight months or so.
Almeida will take on the up-and-coming welterweight fighter Matt Brown in a 170 lb duel.
How’s that for a main card?
As if that weren’t enough for the month of March, UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva are creating a pay-per-view worthy event for its UFC debut on Versus six days before that is absolutely loaded.
UFC on Versus 1 will take place on March 21 with a headlining bout featuring light heavyweights Jon Jones and Brandon Vera.
Also on the card is a welterweight showdown between Anthony Johnson and John Howard and a couple lightweight tussles featuring Sean Sherk against Clay Guida and Duane Ludwig versus Spencer Fisher.
And if a rumored bout between heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Junior Dos Santos also takes place as the co-headliner, then my friends, the UFC just needs to stop because this is getting ridiculous.