Earlier today the UFC added three-fights to UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin. UFC 86 is scheduled to take place on July 5th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fights that were already announced for the card prior to today were: Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin for the UFC Light Heavyweight title, Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau, Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver and Ben Saunders vs. Jared Rollins.
The fights that the UFC added to those three fights are: Patrick Cote vs. Ricardo Almeida, Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle and Jorge Gurgel vs. Cole Miller.
All three of the fights that were announced today are very interesting if you break them down. They match-up a good striker versus a good Jiu-Jitsu fighter, which should be very entertaining.
Cote is looking to prove that his loss to Lutter was a fluke and that his ground game isn’t as bad as everyone thinks it is. Almeida has world-class Jiu-Jitsu and he’s definitely going to challenge Cote’s ground game.
Josh Koscheck on the other hand is looking to continue his winning ways against Chris Lytle who’s also coming off of a victory. Although very young in the MMA game, Koscheck is looking to work his way back up the ladder, while Lytle is looking for one more shot after coming up short on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.
Here’s how the UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin card looks at the moment:
Main Event – UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (C) vs. Forrest Griffin
Patrick Cote vs. Ricardo Almeida
Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
Jorge Gurgel vs. Cole Miller
Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver
Ben Saunders vs. Jared Rollins
We should note that there are rumored bouts that have not yet been announced, which include:
Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully
Tyson Griffin vs. Marcus Aurelio
Justin Buchholz vs. Corey Hill
The Frank Mir/Justin McCully fight should round out the televised fights, but we’ll have to wait until the UFC finalizes the fight card.