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Sherk vs. Dunham? Who cares! Lots more UFC 119-related news just came over the wires, and it looks like the people of Indianapolis are going to be in for a wild night, even if the main event is somewhat lacking in importance. Here’s what we’re dealing with…
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir: This will reportedly be the evening’s headliner. Hmm. If you’ll recall, the two former champions coached against each other on TUF 8, then Mir shocked our asses by TKO’ing Nogueira at UFC 92. Nogueira blamed his weak performance on a staph infection, so maybe this fight will turn out differently, but basically we’re being given another UFC main event where both guys are coming off losses, and the winner doesn’t even become the division’s #1 contender. Personally, I was more interested in a Big Nog vs. Cro Cop rematch.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader: Now we’re talking. Lil’ Nog needs to redeem himself after nearly getting beat by late replacement Jason Brilz at UFC 114, while Ryan Bader is looking sharper every time out, most recently knocking out Keith Jardine at UFC 110. If Bader can out-hustle the Brazilian vet, he’ll land directly in the light-heavyweight title mix.
Mark Hunt vs. Sean McCorkle: Well this is odd — particularly because both of these guys are known as super-heavyweights. Kiwi kickboxer Mark Hunt has lost his last five MMA fights, all by first-round stoppage. Granted, the guys he lost to include names like Emelianenko, Barnett, and Overeem, but still, it’s not a very encouraging stat. Indiana native McCorkle is a beloved UG poster — and training partner of Matt Mitrione and Tim Sylvia — who built up a 9-0 record smashing fools in regional promotions (primarily in the Legends of Fighting Championship outfit), and has been on a mission to cut down to 265 pounds, despite the fact that he’s a truly enormous individual. I say let these two freaks come in at whatever weight they want. It’s Indianapolis; natural laws don’t apply here.