In this section of the website we'll be looking at a variety of top UFC events taking place around the globe between some of the top ranking, most popular names in the sport.
On the 24th May 2008 the UFC moves to the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Nevada for UFC84 ILL WILL, where the Lightweight Championship will be contested between current holder "The Prodigy" BJ Penn (13-4-1) and former champion Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk (35-2-1).
The fight card also throws up some fantastic match ups in the octagon, where Wanderlei Silva will fight Keith Jardine, who sensationally beat Chuck "The Iceman"" Liddell in a split decision at UFC76 and we see the welcome return of former Light Heavyweight Champion “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz as he squares up to the undefeated karate master, Lyoto Machida.
Third billing on the card sees Wilson Gouveia take on the undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Goran Reljic in a hotly anticipated 205lb match. Also fighting in the 205lb category and another of our featured matches is Thiago Silva who will be taking on the Thai specialist Antonio Mendes.
As always, championship fights with be contested over 5 five minute rounds and non-championship fights over 3 five minutes rounds. The round winner gets 10 points and the loser 9 points or less.
BJ Penn (13-4-1) v Sean Sherk (35-2-1)
The main event of the evening is a fight for the Lightweight Championship of the UFC with current holder and Jiu-Jitsu specialist BJ Penn taking on the experienced wrestling guru Sean Sherk. Both have excellent ground and submission techniques, but the advantage in stand-up has to go to BJ Penn. Both fighters have been playing mind games on route to this fight and no love seems lost between them.
Even though each fighter had excellent wins in their last UFC outings, Penn's demolition of Joe Stevenson and his reconditioning after losses to GSP and Matt Hughes gives him the edge in this fight. One thing is for sure, expect this fight to spend a lot of time on the canvas.
Wanderlei Silva (31-8-1) v Keith Jardine (13-4-1)
This interesting match in the 205lb class throws together two pedigree fighters in the Muay Thai fighter Silva against the rounded skills of Jardine. Silva is the heavy favourite for this match and has a wealth of experience and is an excellent striker where some 67% of his wins have come through knockout. However, Jardine is no easy opponent for Silva.
After a stint in the Ultimate Fighter house and a win against Griffin and loss to Alexander he came back with the beating of the "Iceman" Liddell, showing he is both resilient and has to skills to defeat a top class opponent.
Tito Ortiz (16-5-1) v Lyoto Machida (12-0-0)
Fighting out of Brazil and undefeated, we see Karate master Lyoto Machida taking on the ever popular “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz. Ortiz has excellent wrestling skills along with some match winning ground and pound abilities, so when you couple this with his excellent cardiovascular training he is a force to be reckoned with.
Even with this incredible arsenal at his disposal and with the crowd behind the "Bad Boy", you would still be making a mistake to underestimate the all round ability of Machida. "The Dragon", as they call him, is a Karate master and has been pursuing this sport since the tender age of 3. He is undefeated in his MMA career and also has the stamina to match Tito as seven of his 12 wins have gone the distance.
Wilson Gouveia (10-4-0) v Goran Reljic (7-0-0)
This fight sees two similar styles up against each other in the octagon. Both fighters are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialists, though the added advantage to the stand up game has to go to Gouveia for his excellent striking and powerful hands.
Gouveia comes into this fight on the back of an impressive 4 straight wins including a latest win over Jason Lambert in UFC80, but the younger Reljic has an undefeated 7 wins under his belt with five of the seven victories coming through submissions.
Thiago Silva (11-0-0) v Antonio Mendes (11-2-0)
Our final featured pairing could potentially see one of the fights of the night when Silva and Mendes take to the centre of the octagon. Both these guys love to stand up and trade punches with their opponents. Silva is known for his striking and 10 of his 12 wins have come from knock out, and look out for his devastating high kicks.
Mendes is of a similar ilk, where the Thai boxer has managed to end half of his 14 wins via a knock out. Mendes also brings some good ground skills to his fights and has taken four opponents out by submission.
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