UFC 139 Preview
This card is crazy deep and crazy awesome. Seriously, UFC 139 is going to be a fucking fantastic event. Just look at these fights! The preliminary card is pretty great, we’ll see two interesting fights on Spike TV, and an incredible main card with some title relevant fights and some crazy battles that should leave the fans very happy.
Shogun Rua will fight the returning Dan Henderson in the main event in a very important and what should likely be a very exciting fight. It’s amazing that these two never fought in PRIDE, but we’ll be seeing it live tonight. The winner of this contest is at most one fight away from title contention, while timing might dictate that the winner gets an immediate title shot.
Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le will not go to a decision, I just have no clue who will win this contest. The winner of Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles will also be getting a title shot at reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz. Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story should be a fun contest between two top welterweights, while Stephan Bonnar faces Kyle Kingsbury in a fight that’s only on the main card because of Bonnar’s name. Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Weidman is perhaps my favorite fight on the preliminary card, though Gleison Tibau vs. Rafael dos Anjos could be a very good contest.
UFC 139 airs live on pay-per-view tonight at 9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST with the Spike TV prelims starting at 8:00 PM EST/7:00 PM CST. The Facebook prelims begin at 6:00 PM EST/5:00 PM CST. As always, you can view my picks for the event over at Tapology!
Light Heavyweight: Mauricio Rua (20-5, No. 4 LHW) vs. Dan Henderson (28-8, No. 6 LHW)
Middleweight: Wanderlei Silva (33-11-1, 1 NC, No. 18 MW) vs. Cung Le (7-1)
Bantamweight: Brian Bowles (9-1, No. 3 BW) vs. Urijah Faber (25-4, No. 5 BW)
Welterweight: Martin Kampmann (17-5, No. 9 WW) vs. Rick Story (13-4, No. 14 WW)
Light Heavyweight: Stephan Bonnar (13-7) vs. Kyle Kingsbury (11-2, 1 NC)
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Bader (12-2, No. 25 LHW) vs. Jason Brilz (18-4-1, No. 20 LHW)
Bantamweight: Michael McDonald (13-1, No. 21 BW) vs. Alex Soto (6-0-1)
Middleweight: Tom Lawlor (7-3, 1 NC, No. 22 MW) vs. Chris Weidman (6-0, No. 25 MW)
Lightweight: Gleison Tibau (23-7, No. 22 LW) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (15-5)
Catchweight (141 lbs.): Miguel Torres (39-4, No. 9 BW) vs. Nick Pace (6-2)
Welterweight: Matt Brown (12-10) vs. Seth Baczynski (14-6)
Catchweight (158 lbs.): Danny Castillo (11-4) vs. Shamar Bailey (12-4)