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‘UFC Australia’ Picks Up Bader vs. Jardine, Stevenson vs. Sotiropoulos + More

(Sinosic: Australian for "punching bag.")

Unlike some other ragged-ass UFC events that we could mention, the UFC’s first excursion to Australia is shaping up to be their strongest card in recent memory. We already knew that UFC 110 (February 21st, Sydney) may feature Big Nog vs. Cain Velasquez in the main event, with Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping in the co-main spot, and Mirko Cro Cop vs. Ben Rothwell in a "who wants to keep their job?" exhibition. But the good times don’t stop there. According to new reports, here’s who else will be headed down under…

Ryan Bader vs. Keith Jardine. Bader is a perfect 10-0 in his professional MMA career, and has earned unanimous decisions over veterans Carmelo Marrero and Eric Schafer since winning the TUF 8 light-heavyweight contract last December. He’ll be meeting the free-falling Keith Jardine, who has dropped four of his last six fights, including back-to-back losses against Quinton Jackson and Thiago Silva. You gotta feel for the Dean of Mean. The UFC has given him nothing but monsters, and he’s clearly being used as a stepping stone here. If Jardine can’t give Bader his first loss, he may be getting a time-out from his UFC contract.

Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos. Riding back-to-back wins over Nate Diaz and Spencer Fisher, Stevenson is looking to take another step back towards lightweight contendership against Geelong native George Sotiropoulos, who has been a flawless 4-0 since his stint on TUF 6. Of course, those four guys that Georgie wrecked were Ultimate Fighter also-rans, none of whom could hold a candle to Joe Daddy. Stevenson should have the advantage here, but Sotiropoulos’s ground-savagery could score him an upset.

Elvis Sinosic vs. Chris Haseman. This one’s just for the fans. Australian journeyman Elvis Sinosic (8-11-2) is being given another chance at Octagon glory despite his 1-6 record in the organization; he hasn’t competed in two years, and he hasn’t won a fight in three years. Chris Haseman (20-16) is also Australian, and he’s claimed just one victory in the last seven years. His sole UFC appearance resulted in a decision loss to Evan Tanner at UFC 38. Sinosic and Haseman previously fought at an Australian event in March ’97, with Haseman winning via chin-in-eye submission. This one could get ugly.

— Also slated for the card: Stephan Bonnar vs. K-Sos, Chris Lytle vs. Dong Hyun Kim, and James Te-Huna vs. Igor Pokrajac. You’d better appreciate it, you didgeridoo-blowing bastards!

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UFC fan- December 2, 2009 at 8:18 pm
"exes.for.iballs Says:
Wed, 12/02/2009 - 07:19

@UFC fan

Why are you always so hostile? It is possible to share ones opinions and views without tearing down the opposition with harsh words and death threats.

You should use reason and wit to debate. Not only will you sound like less of a douche bag faggot, but people will respect you more and hate you less."

I like how in one breathe you talk about not being so hostile or negative, or using harsh words, then in the next sentence call me a douchebag faggot. HA.
Then you talk about respect? you know its funny but I am the same way to just about each and everyone, I don't try to pretend to be anything more or less than who I am , yet you jump on your holier than thou bandwagon bullshit talk then change over to being just as bad as me or anyone else on here who talks shit.
I see no wit or reason in your message, maybe you need to practice what you preach, or maybe you need to just stop fucking preaching and let the true you come out and stop trying to be what you think others want you to be, or stop trying to fit in.
Another words.....shut the fuck up you goofy fuckstick.
AussieMMA- December 2, 2009 at 5:41 pm
LOL @ aussie for punching bag, poor guy, he should train under gracie oceania.

Anyhow FUCK YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UFC In AUSTRALIA fuck YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!

it will be the massive.

Cagepotato!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i will do anything for you to get me behind the scenes anything!!!!!!!!!!! i will even be ur "Aussie Reporter"ahahahahha plz CP

Finally a good Organisation has come to Australia so g'dup

does anyone know the day these tickets are coming out?????
NateGetsIrate- December 2, 2009 at 3:08 pm
Sotiropoulos has really come a long way if he's fighting Joe Daddy. I hope he wins cuz i can't take watching another wrestling match.
AussieJosh- December 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm
Hell yer bring it on!!!
exes.for.iballs- December 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

You're right too though. They are stupid. While there are several promotions that put on great shows, the UFC is the only constant in the mma world, and every show they put on has potential to be great. Its not dw's or the UFC's fault that the fighters aren't up to performing that night, or they might have a game plan that involves lay n' pray or leaning on the cage.

So like 831 said guys, stop talking crap on the UFC. Sure SF and dream and everybody else has put on great shows, but its difficult to do every month( sometimes twice a month), but the UFC usually pulls through.
831 Son- December 2, 2009 at 11:26 am
Because on several articles, numerous people said that the UFC shows horrible events, has shitty fighters and whatnot. And I want them to know that they are stupid. You are right though, the plural shit doesnt really relate to all the comments on this article besides robthom's.
exes.for.iballs- December 2, 2009 at 11:21 am

You're the only retard here. What's with all the plural crap? Robthom is the only one who said the card sucked.
831 Son- December 2, 2009 at 10:55 am
Pussies, the UFC puts on way better events than any other organization in the world. Get your fat heads out of your asses and get some common sense. Losers, I guess if there isnt a Title fight, a "Superstar" fighting, or a bunch of Knockouts then some of you worthless clowns cry about it and say that the UFC puts on shitty events. Morons, go watch WWE or something where you can relate to the complete retard fans.
Japanadian- December 2, 2009 at 10:28 am
I saw the first Haseman vs Sinosic in '97. it was tournament style and Haseman won 2 fights by eye chinning (he found a loophole in the rules that said "no FINGERS in the eye" nothing about chins) best part of that night was when one of the dancers tits popped out for almost 20secs during some sort of halftime show.
Anyone who thinks any fight card is shitty is either spoiled, or isn't a real fan of mma, we can't watch title fights or superstars every event.
Maybe the UFC should just stop doing free events so they can save fighters you want to pay for like Jon Jones this weekend.
Koeikan- December 2, 2009 at 10:11 am
Bonnar better beat K-Sos or he could have Dana rethinking that promise...
WuTangClan- December 2, 2009 at 9:24 am
No one likes you UFC Fan. You should really consider dousing your arm in kerosine, lighting it on fire, and fist fucking yourself til you cheer up a bit.

Or just kill yourself. Either one.
mthomas- December 2, 2009 at 9:16 am
INteresting fact: Elvis Sinosic was the first person to perform a gogoplata in an MMA event. Which is still somewhat overshadowed by his 8-11-2 record.
Swedish- December 2, 2009 at 8:03 am
Awesome card up and down. I don't know why people hate on the UFC.

If SF had this line it up you haters' pee pee's would tingle and you would sing hallelujah in these forums.
Get Off Me- December 2, 2009 at 8:03 am
The one where the fans were chanting "go home" halfway through the fight? At least it ended ten seconds before the Vera/Jardine debacle. They both sucked coach, there was just more hair in the Gonzaga Jordan fight.
Mike Milbury- December 2, 2009 at 7:49 am
@Get Off Me: If you can get a hold of the footage, please watch the Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Kevin Jordan fight from UFC 56. It will make you LOVE the Jardine/Vera fight.
Get Off Me- December 2, 2009 at 7:27 am
UFC 99 was the last event to let me down, excluding the fight nights.
Strikeforce is no UFC, but Rogers v. Fedor delivered in my humble books.
110 will deliver simply with Silva v. Bisping.
Jardine v. Vera was the worst match in MMA I have ever witnessed.
Jardine v. Silva(both of them) were two of the most entertaining knockouts I have seen as well.
We'll see what happens when the sardine can get's opened up at 110, I think he will lose nonetheless.
Clinch-Smash- December 2, 2009 at 7:22 am
@ Lunk


This is pretty good, but CP would be a much better story line.
asdf- December 2, 2009 at 7:21 am
I'm actually looking forward to this one. The fights they have on this card seem to have a lot of petential comapred to the last couple of shows.
Clinch-Smash- December 2, 2009 at 7:20 am
good luck with that @ exes
exes.for.iballs- December 2, 2009 at 7:19 am
@UFC fan

Why are you always so hostile? It is possible to share ones opinions and views without tearing down the opposition with harsh words and death threats.

You should use reason and wit to debate. Not only will you sound like less of a douche bag faggot, but people will respect you more and hate you less.
Lunk- December 2, 2009 at 7:13 am
Yeah, Im kinda excited about 3 of these fights. Still, thats a little bit better than the UFC has been doin lately.

On another note, I think CP should do a series of articles, one on each of the weight classes championship belts, tracking it from fighter to fighter since the beginning. I think that would be an interesting read.
Clinch-Smash- December 2, 2009 at 7:10 am
UFC fan- December 2, 2009 at 7:02 am
"robthom Says:
Wed, 12/02/2009 - 06:14

Its gonna take more than a jedi mind trick to convince me that this card is a squirt of piss better than the last 4 or 5 stinkbombs the UFC has laid."

This beats the fuck out of anything strikeFARCE can do.
Go suck a dick you UFC hater.
skeletor- December 2, 2009 at 6:35 am
I'm indifferent towards Bader, he didn't really impress me on the show or in his other fights but if he can sew up his striking to match his wrestling he could do something. That being said I hope he wrecks Jardine. That's a dude I didn't like on the show and I hate having to pay to watch his awkward (not in a good way) ass hobble around the Octagon. I hope Bader hands that six flags old man lookalike mutant his walking papers.

All around it looks to be a pretty interesting card.
robthom- December 2, 2009 at 6:14 am
Its gonna take more than a jedi mind trick to convince me that this card is a squirt of piss better than the last 4 or 5 stinkbombs the UFC has laid.