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UFC 92 ‘Ultimate 2008′ Card Finalized

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UFC 90 was profoundly disappointing, and UFC 91 doesn’t offer much outside of Randy vs. Brock, but the UFC promises to make up for it and then some with “The Ultimate 2008,” their stacked-to-death year-end card (December 27th, Las Vegas). The official lineup for the event was announced yesterday with the additions of Matt Hamill, C.B. Dollaway, Cheick Kongo, and Yushin Okami. Here’s what we’ll be seeing…

Main card
Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans (for light-heavyweight championship)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir (for interim heavyweight championship)
CB Dollaway vs. Mike Massenzio (middleweights)
Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson (light-heavyweights)
Cheick Kongo vs. Mustafa Al-Turk (heavyweights)

Yushin Okami vs. Dean Lister (middleweights)
Antoni Hardonk vs. Mark Burch (heavyweights)
Matt Hamill vs. Reese Andy (light-heavyweights)
Ryo Chonan vs. Brad Blackburn (welterweights)
Dan Evensen vs. Pat Barry (heavyweights)

Why Dollaway vs. Massenzio gets a main card slot over Okami vs. Lister is anyone’s goddamned guess. But it’s hard to complain with those three headlining fights. Any early predictions? Remember, “The Ultimate 2008″ isn’t the only card the UFC is putting on in December — there’s also “Fight for the Troops” on December 10th in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and the TUF 8 finale on December 13th (location TBA). Both events will be aired on Spike.

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Wicker- November 25, 2008 at 11:34 am
I'm just happy to see wandy fighting quinton again. I'm a big Silva fan so Thumbs up
Streitigkaiser- October 31, 2008 at 5:59 pm
Okami and Lister are the most boring Middleweight fighters in the division and I think DW is trying to run out their contracts with this one. Good riddance, there are so many other talented Middleweights; I would rather see Matt Lindland again or Robbie Lawler, Kala Hose, hell even Frank Shamrock.
Anonymous- October 31, 2008 at 9:58 am
Why is CB getting fights? Where is the TUF Champ Amir that beat CB twice?????
aly- October 30, 2008 at 11:54 pm
budgetmmafan, i'm with you 110%, every dean lister fight i've seen is a borefest, he's basically a ground figher with scrubbish stand up who puts you in a post roofie state, joe silva probably learned from all his other sleepers to put him where no one will leave the tv or check sportscenter while his fight is on
WAR BONG- October 30, 2008 at 7:28 pm
HOW IN THE FUK does Dollaway get on the main card???????

his real name must be bob.
Anonymous- October 30, 2008 at 5:45 pm
also they would never, ever, ever do this.
look how reluctant record labels were to let itunes/etc sell music by the track...
until 'piracy' becomes a major issue (it never will for a market as limited as mma) ain't shit gonna change.
Anonymous- October 30, 2008 at 5:38 pm
....but you still get a gold star.
J- October 30, 2008 at 5:35 pm
@ bulgin86

Right idea wrong names. replace with Randy or Brock as Forrest and Rashad are LHW's not HW's
bulgin86- October 30, 2008 at 4:30 pm
NE Miss Radio Says: October 31st, 2008 at 8:01 am
How can they have an interim HW title when they also have the HW champ (winner of Randy vs. Brock)? Boooooooooooooogusssssssss.

because who ever wins out of mir-nog gets a title shot at either forrest or rashad! then they will scrap the interim
the glza- October 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm
i'm right there with you robot...

anyone else think the hamill/andy fight is a really good matchup?
budgetmmafan- October 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm
Wait, people are actually disapointed that they won't get to see Okami lay on top on Lister en route to a 3 round unanimous decision?

Yes, Okami is possibly the top contender at 185, but his fights are painful to watch.
Old, Bald and Irish- October 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm
@ Steve

I think that Mir definetly has the chance of beating Nog. if you go back to the two Pride FC fights that Nog had with Fedor, especially the second one, you can see how Fedor really tied Nog up on the ground and just had a great defense against Nog's submission attempts. Mir is skilled on the ground - maybe one of the best in all of MMA. He has the potential to tie Nog up on the ground and stuff his submissions.

If they keep it on their feet, Nog most certainly has the advantage. Mir's cardio is still questionable. Watch the vid of his fight with Brock. He was gassed in under two minutes! Nog's cardio and his iron jaw are not in question.
robot- October 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm
how does a guy(CB) who lost twice to the same guy(amir) on TUF get more fights in the UFC than the actual winner??? Its clear dana is upset CB lost which sucks Amir is talent.
Steve- October 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm
I really don't see anyway Mir can beat Nogueira. On the ground, Mir might be able to survive but not get any offensive momentum. On the feet, it's not even close. Big Nog's technical Muay Thai will completely dominate. Factor in Mir's conditioning, or lack of, and I see Nog getting a TKO in the second. After a combination of sustained punishment and exhaustion, Mir will just shut down. From there, Nog will gain a dominate position on the ground, much like Cruz did and pound out the win.
Brad- October 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm
Forrest vs. Evans - Evans KO in the 2nd round

Nogueira vs. Mir - Nog by Submission 2nd Round

Silva vs. Rampage - Rampage by KO in the 1st

CB - loss by tapout, but he will act like he didn't tap
J- October 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm
Griffin won , get over it , maybe if page had come close to finishing the fight you'd have a argument. Rampage only had Forrest rocked a couple of time in all 5 rounds , where as Forrest damn near finished the fight in the second. After losing a round 10-8 rampage pretty much HAD to finish the fight to win.

This event is the only one left this year worth paying to watch. I'd rather catch the randy n brock on free video clips online the next day than pay for the whole thing.

Too bad you can't buy and just watch one fight of your choice for like 10 bucks with pay per view. Pay per Match or buy the whole event , that would be innovated ( think that's the right word , sounds about right but looks funny to me = ). Plus then the ufc and other would really know who the big draws where with out having to look and guess from tv ratings
Old, Bald and Irish- October 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm
Early predictions?

Ok, here ya go...

-Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans (for light-heavyweight championship)

Forrest by exhaustive, bloody and frustrating decision.

- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir (for interim heavyweight championship)

Team Good beats Team Evil. Mir will come out strong early, but Nog will find the inner strength to KO Mir. That's right, KO; no submission.

- Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson (light-heavyweights)

Wandy will channel his former "Ax Murdering" self and come back as the Wandy from the Pride FC days minus the stomps and soccer kicks. He will completely overwhelm Jackson and defeat him by KO...most likey knocking Rampage's head off his shoulders. Wandy will then test positive for steroids immediately after the fight.
Dakyn- October 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm
Griffin via Decision
Nog via Submission
Silva via KO
Al-Turk via TKO (GnP)
Okami via Boredom
Hamill via Hugging.

Not overly fussed about the other bouts - Isn't it weird how CB came runnerup in TUF but has fought more since the finale than Sadollah has since winning it...
Jeff- October 30, 2008 at 2:09 pm
^^^ Agreed, Urijah and Miguel would sell alot of pay per views. I think the UFC absorb the rest of the WEC.
Dana are you reading??- October 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm
The fight cards should always be this strong with at least 4 top fights and not like the weak card he's put together for UFC 91...
Get a 145lb division up and running, another UFC Belt up for grabs.
5 title holders which mean every event should have a title match.
If Champions defend there titles 4 times a year thats 20 shows covered
with championship fights.....

Any Thoughts???
Jeff- October 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm
This is why the UFC is awesome. I am more excited about this event than Christmas, by far.

Jugger- October 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm
Great card. I'm not on the Dolloway bandwagon. He should be dropped. Okami has paid his dues and deserves the slot. I'm betting that the UFC is worried Lister is going to come in and either gas completely or put on a really poor show.

Can't wait to see Nog and Mir roll.
Fenix- October 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm
Rampage won that fight, it SHOULD be Rampage vs Evans but oh well. I hope Rampage finally gets to avenge his losses to Wandi. CB sucks, nobody likes him, nobody wants to see him, wtf is Dana thinking?

Either way this card is STACKED and Im gonna order it fo sho! Man I really hope they find a fight for Anderson Silva for UFC91. I want order it but Kenflo vs Joe daddy as the co-main? Maybe if it was Huerta vs Joe daddy. Kenflo really killed it for me in his last fight and then the comments about Huerta greasing up.
NE Miss Radio- October 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm
How can they have an interim HW title when they also have the HW champ (winner of Randy vs. Brock)? Boooooooooooooogusssssssss.
Buttnutt- October 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm
Why is CB Dollaway always fighting right now. Is he dating Joe Silva or something?