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kilik 10-02-2008 05:38 AM

*UFC 92* to feature Nog vs Mir, Griffin vs Evans & Silva vs Rampage

The Ultimate Fighting Championship expects to close out 2008 with a bang as the promotion has decided on three key match-ups for their year end show on Dec 27.

Interim heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will face Frank Mir, while light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin returns to action defending his belt against Rashad Evans and Wanderlei Silva goes for three in a row against former 205lb champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

The news was confirmed by UFC President Dana White to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

The fights will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and with those three match-ups along with a solid undercard including Yushin Okami vs. Dean Lister, which was first reported on earlier this week, the UFC is looking at one of their most stacked cards this year.

White told Iole that he wanted to “stack” the end year show and with three huge match-ups, including two title fights, the UFC has done exactly that.

Nogueira and Mir were already expected to meet after their stint as coaches on this season’s version of the “Ultimate Fighter”, but the new bouts announced bring a powerful punch to the card.

Forrest Griffin’s meteoric rise up the light heavyweight division began with his run to win the “Ultimate Fighter” season 1 and culminated with his 5 round win over former champion, Quinton Jackson, in July.

As for Rashad Evans, the “Ultimate Fighter” season 2 winner, he cemented himself in the top contender spot after a devastating knockout of Chuck Liddell in early September.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will also return for the first time since losing his title and going through a very tumultuous summer which included him leaving former trainer, Juanito Ibarra, and his arrest in California after a hit and run chase with local police.

This will be the third time for Jackson to take a shot at former Pride champion, Wanderlei Silva, who defeated Rampage both previous times in dominant fashion while the two fighters were mainstays in the now defunct Pride Fighting Championships.

The event will take place on Dec 27 in Las Vegas, NV

Wow two title fights and Silva vs Rampage 3, this is most probably the most stacked card ever.

Biowza 10-02-2008 05:40 AM

Holy crap, that card owns all kinds of real estate in awesome city.

MalkyBoy 10-02-2008 05:43 AM

Yee ha I can not wait for thsi card it will rock my world

Drazt!K 10-02-2008 06:27 AM

do u think it will be as good as it looks??

in my opinion griffin VS evans will be so boring, only exciting fight will be silva vs rampage.

MHughesbestever 10-02-2008 06:28 AM

i think it sounds like one of the hotest cards in a while i cant wait

Brydon 10-02-2008 06:35 AM

Wandy must have been absolutly laughing when he found out he was fighting rampage again. What a sick card, 3 bouts that would all make great headline bouts.

dontazo 10-02-2008 07:05 AM

holy fcuk , NICE!...

Aaronyman 10-02-2008 07:26 AM

holy shitballs that is an amazing card

Darkgecko 10-02-2008 07:40 AM


Originally Posted by Drazt!K (Post 674124)
do u think it will be as good as it looks??

in my opinion griffin VS evans will be so boring, only exciting fight will be silva vs rampage.

You dont think the Mir/Nog fight will be exciting?

As for the Evans/Griffin fight, I am a little worried that Evans will be able to take Griffin down and LnP for a decision win, and I'm not even sure Forrest is safe on his feet.

NikosCC 10-02-2008 07:44 AM

SO let me get this straight, We got the HW title on the line, The LHW title on the line and we get to see Wandy use his knees to kill rampage again? I'm excited for this card lets hurry up already hahah

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