UFC 74: "Respect," which features the heavyweight title fight between champion Randy Couture and challenger Gabriel Gonzaga is official, according to UFC.com.
The blockbuster event will air live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 25.
We've known about this show — and a few rumored match ups — for some time now. It's good to finally hear the official word.
Here's a snip from UFC President Dana White on UFC 74:
"With Gonzaga coming in and beating Mirko ‘Cro Cop' the way he did and Randy Couture defeating Tim Sylvia the way he did makes for one of the most exciting heavyweight fights in UFC history. I honestly can't remember the last time I was this excited for a heavyweight matchup – I can't wait to see these two get in the Octagon at UFC 74."
Agreed. But, that's not the only intriguing fight on the card.
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will take on Josh Koscheck in a battle to see who earns the right to compete, by all recent accounts, for the 170-pound title later this year.
St. Pierre is coming off of a crushing and disappointing loss to Matt Serra at UFC 69 in April. Koscheck outlasted Diego Sanchez that same night to earn a unanimous decision.
It will be interesting to see how "Rush" handles Koscheck's dominant wrestling ability, and how Koscheck handles "Rush's" well-rounded skill and athleticism.
Let's just hope the Canadian has it all together upstairs this time around.
Tickets for UFC 74 will go on sale Sunday, July 8 at 1 p.m. ET. We'll share more details about the sale when the date gets closer.
For the developing UFC 74 fight card click here.