As expected, the world’s premier mixed martial arts show has officially announced “UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez” will be jumping off October 23rd inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
“Throughout fighting history, there has never been a Mexican heavyweight champion, but at UFC 121, Cain Velasquez will try to make history and become the first,” UFC president Dana White said. “To do that though, he must defeat the baddest man on the planet, UFC heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.
“Also, fresh off his destruction of Dan Henderson, Jake Shields enters the UFC, and he’s got his sights set on the welterweight title, but he’s got to get by Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann first.”
Lensar became the planet’s top heavyweight after his dramatic come-from-behind victory over Shane Carwin at UFC 116 in July. The submission win bumped his pro MMA record to a dominant 5-1. Despite having only six bouts under his bling-bling belt, half of Lesnar’s scraps have been of the championship variety.
Velasquez, who earned his top contender status by putting down Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110 in February, was sitting front and center last month to witness the blockbuster heavyweight unification bout.
In addition to the two featured bouts, a heavyweight battle with Gabriel Gonzaga and Brendan Schaub, Tito Ortiz’s 205-pound affair against Matt Hamill, as well as a pivotal welterweight fight with Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thiago will round out the televised portion of the pay-per-view broadcast.
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for UFC 121 this Thursday, August 19th starting at 10AM PT/1PM ET via UFCFightClub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC Newsletter subscribers on Friday, August 20th starting at 10AM PT/1PM ET. To pre-sale access, users must register for the UFC Newsletter through UFC.com.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 21st at Noon PT/3PM ET through HondaCenter.com and Ticketmaster.com.
Here are the fighters rumored/expected to participated in the deepest card of 2010:
Chris Camozzi vs. Dongi Yang
Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor
Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor
Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
Todd Duffee vs. Jon Madsen
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Brendan Schaub
Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill
Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
Martin Kampmann vs. Jake Shields
Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion)