Two weeks later, on March 21, UFC Live fights come to Versus with a light heavyweight bout between Brandon Vera and Jon Jones. This will be a good stand-up war. Vera said: "I'm going old school. ... I'm going back to Muay Thai." Also fighting on the card are heavyweights Junior Dos Santos, against Gabriel Gonzaga, and Cheick Kongo, who is taking on Paul Buentello.
On March 27, we have an action-packed day of fights. First, there is Baltimore’s Shogun Fights II at 1st Mariner Arena with 11 fights on the card. Baltimore’s own Binky Jones battles undefeated fighter Jim Hettes, and super heavyweight Mike Williams takes on Ryan McGowan in his MMA pro debut.
And later that night in New Jersey, UFC 111 has a card with two championships on the line. Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre defends his belt against hard-hitting Dan Hardy. Frank Mir takes on Shane Carwin for the Interim Heavyweight Championship. Carwin needs to dictate the fight to win this one. If he can keep it off the ground or get Mir on his back, he should win. But if Mir takes him down, it's all over.
The 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" begins March 31 on Spike TV. UFC legends Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell are the coaches for this season's middleweight cast of fighters. This year, the show will feature 28 fighters competing for 14 spots in the TUF house. Three guys are 10-0, and one of the fighters has 33 professional MMA fights on his record.
Also on March 31, we get to see one of my favorite fighters, former PRIDE fighter Takanori Gomi, taking on Kenny Florian in a lightweight match. Also on the card is Roy "Big Country" Nelson going up against Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve in a heavyweight match. Nelson will taste defeat by submission for the first time in his career.
What matches are you looking forward to?