If the casual Mixed Martial Arts fan is looking for some fireworks, look no further then the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s(UFC) 175 card on fourth of July weekend. Stars like Ronda Rousey, Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, and Alexis Davis; with the possibility of Ultimate Fighter Brazil coaches, Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva, all will be on the fight card. Two titles will be on the line as ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey will defend her women’s bantamweight championship against #2 ranked bantamweight women’s fighter, Alexis Davis, in the co main event of the evening. As for the main course, Chris Weidman will be finally defending his middleweight championship title against an opponent not named Anderson Silva. Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida, will take Vitor Belfort’s place to challenge for the middleweight title. July 1st through July 6th marks the third International Fight Week for the organization, in which Dana White and company plan on this being the biggest fight week to date. There will be two events taking place in the cage that weekend, with former lightweight champions B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar, fighting for the third time on the T.U.F 19 Finale on the following day.
The UFC International Fight Week provides a unique insight for the fans, allowing them to gain access to events and an even closer look into a fighters training; with some fan interaction involved in the training in between. The fight week itself has been tremendously successful for the UFC since the installation, the event has brought in tens of thousands of fans to Las Vegas each of the three years; and has the possibility of more with two events going on that weekend. The Ronda Rousey fight with Alexis Davis was announced by Dana White last night for the 4th of July weekend. Much speculation had former Women’s MMA star, Gina Carano, possibly taking on Rousey sometime this summer. The possibility remains open for the two to meet in the future, but it may have been unrealistic to expect Gina to make an immediate return to the cage after being out of MMA since 2009.
The fans that plan on making the trip to Las Vegas will not be disappointed with what the UFC has in store for them. One card highlighted by two of top rising stars of the sport, followed by two former lightweight champions battling it out in a new division, on the following day. A weekend full of festivities like pool parties with the octagon girls, free concerts, and the ultimately fan favorite, the Fan Expo. The fighter and fan interaction will be as strong as it ever has this year and the fight cards to go along with the week are just the cherry on top. All the fun stops when the fighters step in the cage though; reputations, pride, streaks, and championships are all on the line when UFC fighters like Ronda Rousey or Chris Weidman step inside the octagon. Mark the date in your calender, book the plane tickets, and whip out that vacation time; this may be an opportunity of a lifetime a fan has never experienced before but has always dreamed of making it happen.
Commentary by Justin Huffman