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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Is UFC 120 being overlooked?

By Andrew Plante

Just one week before one of biggest heavyweight title fights of the year to take place between champ Brock Lesnar and contender Cain Velasquez, UFC 120 which is being held in London this Saturday, isn’t really garnering a whole lot of attention from the MMA community. When this month was unofficially renamed to “Brocktober” by eager fans awaiting another title defense at UFC 121 by one of the most successful heavyweights in the history of the UFC, are you really surprised about any coverage lacking for the event’s predecessor?

Lesnar is a pay-per-view monster, having brought in millions of PPV buys in his five-fight UFC career. And the minute he choked out Shane Carwin at UFC 116, the promotion’s marketing group was no doubt anticipating his next showdown. Unfortunately for the fans, the UFC and much of the media have all but forgotten about this weekend’s show in jolly ole England.

Despite the hype surrounding UFC 121 taking place on October 23, there are more than a few reasons to tune in to UFC 120 this weekend.

First and foremost, the event is free on Spike TV. No need to shell out $50 for a pay-per-view this time.

On the surface, Saturday’s free show headlined by Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama doesn’t have a lot going for it. A win for either opponent, doesn’t really bump them up significantly when it comes to title contention. The same holds true for the rest of the fighters at the event as well.

The reason to be interested in this weekend’s fight card is not about hype, titles, grudge matches, or contenderships. Instead, Saturday night’s event will center around five quality mixed martial arts bouts thoughtfully engineered by UFC matcher maker Joe Silva. The clash between Bisping and Akiyama will likely be a tactical chess match between two fighters with opposing techniques. The Hardy-Condit scrum should be a barn burner which could win fight of the night honors. The biggest knockout on the main card could be issued by either Browne or Kongo in their soon-to-be slugfest. And don’t forget about what could be an entertaining grappling display between Patrick and Wilks. So tune in on Saturday to get a dose of some free MMA. Here’s what you should expect.

UFC 120 will take place on Oct 16 at the 02 Arena in London England and will broadcast via tape-delay on Spike TV.

Main card (on Spike TV)