The UFC will visit Germany for just the second time when they host UFC 122 in Oberhausen this Saturday. The event will be headlined by Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami, with the winner of the main event earning a shot at the middleweight title. Here’s why you should tune in to UFC 122 this Saturday.
Fight of the Night nominees: Rivera-Sakara and Siver-Winner both look to be entertaining slugfests. Rivera’s got the heart, whereas Sakara has the heavy hands. Winner sports a fast pace striking style, while Siver is deadly accurate. Win or lose, expect both match-ups to vie for Fight of the Night honors.
Losers need to make a big impression. The pressure is on for several UFC 122 main card fighters that have lost their most recent bouts. Soszynski, Reljic, Sadollah, Sobotta, and Winner all need wins desperately in order to remain relevant in their respective divisions. A couple of those fighters might even be fired from the organization with one more loss. Victorious or not, expect all five of these guys to pull out all of the stops.
A 185-pounder will breakthrough to the top 10. Either Rivera or Sakara, who are arguably top 15 fighters in the UFC’s middleweight division, will possibly earn their way into the upper echelon of that weight class with a win on Saturday. Their reward? A little cage time with the likes of Sonnen, Marquardt, Okami, Belfort, or Silva in the near future. Some reward ...
Thrilling fights: Although UFC 122 lacks a blockbuster championship main event (like UFC 121 which featured Lesnar vs. Valesquez), the card as a whole has the makings of a very memorable fight card. Aside from the headliner (Marquardt vs. Okami) that has the potential to dull our MMA senses, the rest of the fight card could be one of the more exciting collections of bouts this year.
A title shot will be awarded: Either Nate Marquardt or Yushin Okami will walk away with a victory on Saturday night, but more importantly, they’ll have earned a crack at the middleweight belt, which Anderson Silva currently owns. It’s make or break time for both of these top five middleweights.
Bonus Reason: It’s Free on Spike TV and Pacquiao vs. Margarito isn’t.
UFC 122 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 13 at Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The main card bouts will broadcast live on Spike TV.
Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
Dennis Siver vs. Andre Winner
Amir Sadollah vs. Peter Sobotta
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Goran Reljic
Rob Kimmons vs. Kyle Noke
Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Pascal Krauss vs. Mark Scanlon
Duane "Bang" Ludwig vs. Nick Osipczak
Seth Petruzelli vs. Karlos Vemola
Kris McCray vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha