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UFC 96 Lineup Finalized; Vera and Grove on Undercard

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The UFC has released the official fight order for UFC 96 (March 7th; Columbus, OH). Here’s what we’re looking at:

Quinton Jackson vs. Keith Jardine (LHW)
Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz (LHW)
Pete Sell vs. Matt Brown (WW)
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Carwin (HW)
Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller (LW)

Tamdan McCrory vs. Ryan Madigan (WW)
Kendall Grove vs. Jason Day (MW)
Tim Boetsch vs. Jason Brilz (LHW)
Brandon Vera vs. Mike Patt (LHW)
Aaron Riley vs. Shane Nelson (LW)

Your eyes do not deceive you: Brandon Vera is deeeeep on the dark card, fighting a dude who got wrecked by Tim Boetsch in his UFC debut last September. If this isn’t a your-last-chance kind of situation, I don’t know what is. But while I understand that match’s placement — losing three of your last four fights will generally earn you some sort of punishment from the UFC — I don’t see how Sell vs. Brown is a PPV-main-card-caliber fight, especially when a promising bout like Grove vs. Day is on the undercard. Ah well. Weak lineups have surprised us before, and as long as the main event and Gonzaga vs. Carwin deliver, how bad can it be? 

Discussion topic for your MMA study groups: Who will remain conscious longer, Jardine or Gonzaga?

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Skeptic- February 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm
Man, what a bunch of couch-potato whining about this card! Calling guys who train hard and fight hard "garbage" or worse. Boetsch-Brilz is going to be a good fight; Hamill-Munoz too. Cards like this are necessary to bring new people up-- quit crying!
Blah- February 13, 2009 at 7:41 am
*Reads UFC 96 fight card*


The 2nd Last Emperor- February 13, 2009 at 7:36 am
Yup, Jardine is officially the new Jeremy Horn...
dude- February 13, 2009 at 6:38 am
Damn, Boetsch is on the undercard. Rampage vs. Jardine just doesn't make sense. And I don't know how Jardine thinks he deserves a title shot at this point. After Jardine loses he'll seriously need to consider his fight tech. Jardine will get knocked out on the 1st. round.....again.
coccyx- February 12, 2009 at 8:01 pm
you are fukked with a capital F
coccyx- February 12, 2009 at 7:59 pm
damn ufc is desperate ....weakkkkkk card.... i think ill watch it for free on youtube in shite quality for free
Hexed79- February 12, 2009 at 7:54 am
According to me, dogmaticdiscordian wins the post.
Me- February 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm
Where do people get this notion that Gonzaga is so great? His only big win is over a guy that has fallen off the MMA planet and is floating in some dark matter seeking his long lost nuts. The only other 2 guys he has fought that are decent he lost to, twice in Werdum. So stfu with this "high caliber" crap.
Cobra Venom- February 11, 2009 at 10:34 pm
Hussein's your prez, i cant believe your are so wrong and so stupid, so many times in just one post.

You seriously think Rampage isnt a main eventer anymore, he is in every top 10 p4p list and and barely lost his title to griffin and then demolished wandy, and he is getting another title shot after he ktfo jardine like he did to wandy
Ozone- February 11, 2009 at 8:31 pm
ya i think both gonzaga and jardine have a lot better shot than some seem to think
nippletwist- February 11, 2009 at 7:45 pm
i like matt brown. if you all were paying attention back when that season of tuf was playin i did pick brown to be the best fighter to come out of that season. so im excited to see him fight.

and the thing with gonzaga, while i dont think he'll win. there was that time remember when gonzaga fought cro cop and we were all talking about how he was gonna get knocked out... im jus sayin...

and rampage better fuckin wamp on jardine, i have no interest in seeing the dean of mean anywhere near a title shot
Bunk- February 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm
Tim Boetsch will make the PPV card, his fights are always fun to watch
Hussein's your prez- February 11, 2009 at 7:17 pm
Theyre gonna charge admission for this crapfest?

Even without the garbage card, the main event cant be exciting for anyone except douchebag White who wont have to be more than 4.99$ and a half eaten sandwich to Jardine for the show.

Rampage still has that Mike Tyson crazy factor recognition but no one thinks hes a main eventer anymore.

I think were at the point now that the UFC can just throw any shit out there and people will go "Hmm this shit sure tastes like sugar!" and buy it because of the brand.

Im happy for Hamill though. He hasnt really dont much since the original Star Wars trilogy. Its nice to see him on the 2nd 'biggest fight' of the night.
I mean who doesnt want to see two 4th rate wrestlers humping each other.
Remember when the Ultimate Fighting Championship used to be about bringing champions from different disciplines? Instead we have guys who were fighting in some 3rd division SCHOOL, god forbid any actual national or international wrestling champ.

Of course, Im always impressed by someone winning a gold medal in wrestling from the 2001 Summer DEAFlympics.

The UFC:
We have no Olympic gold medalists but
we have Deaflympics gold medalists.
That counts too you know.
Canadian hoser- February 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm
Is this one half price? why do we keep watching this shit. the most interesting fight is day vs grove the rest just suck
Bill C.- February 11, 2009 at 6:02 pm
Carwin will win. Lesnar is going to TKO Mir. Lesnar-Carwin will be the next title fight.
the greasy canadian- February 11, 2009 at 4:43 pm
doesn't anybody else think that this card is one of the worst ppv cards in long time? this card would be a decent spike card at best!!
Anonymous- February 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm
I love this card for some reason. I think it will be exciting and awesome to watch. I love watching most of these guys.
Danxxx- February 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm
man that card is so weak...... just have interest in main event bout and it wont last even 1 rd rampage by KO.
DecipleofMagus- February 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm
This card is on my 21st birthday, it better be fuckin great!
BRITS ARE SMELLY- February 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm
gonzaga has had a few tough fights...i guess?
i think he could submit carwin mir/lesnar style.
can someone tell me who gets the winner mir/ lesnar?
and what is cro cops time table?
MMA Enthusiast - February 11, 2009 at 3:22 pm
Haha, I just can't get over why anyone would think Carwin would beat Gonzaga?
Please enlighten me. Do you guys know something I don't?
BRITS ARE SMELLY- February 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm
if vera wins they should give him a beast for his next fight(wandy?), if he loses i never want to see him again.
pete sell is gay.
IS k grove still promising? Really? i hope whoever he fights is covered in crisco, b/c i really want every day to start off w/ greasing allegations...

stockton quotes were hilarious btw!!!
Anonymous- February 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm
for ppl saying that carwin will beat gonzaga on the feet mustve not seen carwins last fight ,

it was against neil grove someone around gonzagas size and he was beating carwin on the feet so carwin took the fight to the ground .

gonzaga is a beast i dont think hes gonna lose this fight
MMA Enthusiast - February 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm
To: Anonymous

Gonzaga and Carwin aren't that far apart in weight. Gonzaga weighs 256 and Carwin weighs 261 (General fighting weight not walk around weight)

What you're purposing is that Carwin is the more skilled & stronger fighter. I disagree with Carwin being more skilled but I would agree that Carwin has the strength advantage based on his background. Standup would have to go to Gonzaga based on what we have seen. (See Gonzaga vs. Cro-Cop). Gonzaga is a black belt in BJJ and will be able to sub off his back.

How many advantages does Carwin have over Gonzaga other than strength?
Truth is Carwin is still new and highly untested against high calibre competition like Gonzaga.
Ceeph- February 11, 2009 at 3:11 pm
This is like a myth busters main event, Myth: Rampage Jackson Can't defend against leg kicks. If busted, Rampage gets a title shot; if plausible Jardine gets....a Beret.
I'd also take Gonzaga over Carwin in the skills and well rounded dept. but overall both could end it with one shot so who knows.