UFC 123 in Detroit is Now Official: Rampage vs Machida Headliner
The long expected UFC's return to Detroit became official as UFC promotional officers confirmed today. With a Rampage vs Machida headliner and Hughes vs Penn co-main event.
The main event will feature former lightweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida. And they will co-feature MMA legends Matt Hughes and B.J. Penn clash for a third time in a row.
“When you think of Detroit, the first names that come to mind are legends like Joe Louis and Tommy Hearns,” UFC president Dana White stated in today’s release. “This is a real fight town with diehard fight fans, so I’m happy to be the guy bringing big fights to the Motor City.”
Jackson (30-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is into bouncing back after a May loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 114. The contest is the culmination of 14 months worth of rivalry and a coaching gig on “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite Evans.
Meanwhile, Machida (16-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) also is regaining back from a loss – the first loss in his career. “The Dragon” lost in a KO on the first round of his May rematch with Mauricio “Shogun” Ruas
Meanwhile, Penn and Hughes, of course, have met twice before this. Penn was victorious on the first fight via submission at UFC 46, but Hughes reclaimed him at UFC 63 and was given a score of third-round TKO. Hughes lost his welterweight belt for the first time ever with the UFC 46 loss. Prior to UFC 63, he claimed it again at a title over Georges St-Pierre and successfully held on to it with the Penn victory.
Hughes (45-7 MMA, 18-5 UFC), who was once on the peak of retirement, has found new life in the UFC’s loaded welterweight division. The Hall of Famer has rebounded with consecutive wins over Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie and Ricardo Almeida.
Penn (15-7-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) , on the other hand, looks to regain some traction at 170 pounds following his quick step down to lightweight. He was once the world’s universal No. 1 ranked 155-pounder, Penn lost his title to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112 and then had a decision loss to “The Answer” at UFC 118 in an August rematch.View Article Source »