While the UFC’s output of action is in the middle of a three-week pause, combat will continue with a bang on July 6 with UFC 162. Heavily featured in this card is the UFC’s middleweight division, as the champion, Anderson Silva, defends his undisputed title. But that’s just the icing on the cake because there will be two other 185-pound match-ups that take place arguably within the top 15 in the division. With the middleweight division peaking with interest and attention, let’s take a look at what is really going on, and what we could expect in the future.
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman UFC 162 – Being labeled as, “Undisputed vs. Undefeated”, the undisputed champion Anderson Silva will defend his crown for an 11th time against the undefeated underdog Chris Weidman.
Mark Munoz vs. Tim Boetsch UFC 162 – This match-up will feature two heavy-handed fighters who can throw some serious heat. Munoz will be making his first appearance since his stunning KO loss to Weidman, and will be looking to rebound. Also looking to rebound will be his opponent, who suffered his first loss at 185 pounds last winter.
Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Gracie UFC 162 – Strikeforce’s middleweight fighters will make an appearance tonight as the tough Strikeforce veteran Kennedy scores a UFC debut over Strikeforce prospect Gracie, who has been targeted to be a breakthrough fighter in the coming year or two.
Other notable bouts:
Chris Leben vs. Andrew Craig – UFC 162
Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith – UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga
Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson – UFC 163
Cezar Ferreira vs. Clint Hester – UFC 163
Uriah Hall vs. Nick Ring – UFC on FS 1: Sonnen vs. Shogun
Dylan Andrews vs. Papy Abedi – UFC on FS1: Condit vs. Kampmann 2
Brad Tavares vs. Robert McDaniel – UFC on FS1: Condit vs. Kampmann 2
Jared Hamman vs. Magnus Cedenblad – UFC 164
Derek Brunson vs. Yoel Romero – UFC 164
Ronaldo Souza vs. Yushin Okami UFC on FS1: 3
Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort – After Mousasi’s successful UFC debut at 205, it’s evident that he’s in desperate need of a challenge. However, after confirming his drop to 185, a match-up with Belfort is everything but official. These two were slated against each other in the past under the Affliction banner, but never fought. Now, several years later, it’d be exciting to see these two talented fighters go at it for arguably the number one contender spot.
Michael Bisping vs. Cung Le – After a shocking KO victory over Rich Franklin, Le finds himself higher up in the division than anybody perhaps thought he would be. But with great success comes great difficulty, as now he’ll most likely be matched up against a top five opponent. Bisping always seems to be biting at the bit to smash rising contenders, so look for Bisping to draw this bout.
Other Notable Match-Ups:
Costa Philippou vs. Luke Rockhold
Alan Belcher vs. Chris Camozzi
Rousimar Palhares vs. Ronny Markes
Josh Samman vs. Francis Carmont
CB Dollaway vs. Caio Magalhaes
Stanislav Nedkov vs. Tom Lawlor
Antonio Neto vs. Lorenz Larkin
Luke Barnatt vs. Daniel Sarafian
Rafael Natal vs. Michael Kuiper
Thiago Perpetuo vs. Buddy Roberts
Joao Zeferino vs. Sean Spencer