Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be returning to Spike TV for its upcoming UFC 134 "Prelims" telecast featuring bouts of Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares (lightweight) and Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell (welterweight).
UFC 134: "Silva vs. Okami" is set for Aug. 27, 2011, from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Fisher, a Team Evolution product out of the Quad Cities in Illinois, has lost three of his last four fights -- but not before putting on one hell of a show in the process.
"The King" made a gentleman's agreement with his last opponent, Ross Pearson, to stand and trade until someone fell down or a winner was declared.
Unfortunately, Fisher came up on the short end of the decision, but his exciting lay it all on the line style has earned him favor with the UFC, where he's made his home since 2005.
Tavares is a jiu-jitsu ace who's been involved in his share of exciting bouts that ended in his being rewarded a "Fight of the Night" bonus. The problem? The three times that's happened, he came out on the losing end each time.
His most recent contest resulted in one of the best knockouts this year when Shane Roller put him to sleep with a one-hitter quitter.
Also ticketed for the "Prelims" broadcast is welterweight Paulo Thiago, as he tries to get back on the right track in a tough test against the relatively unknown David Mitchell.
Despite a unanimous decision loss to Jon Fitch at UFC 100, The Brazilian supercop was in cruise control for the better part of his UFC career.
That's until a pesky Dane named Martin Kampmann refused to lay down for him at UFC 115 back in June 2010. "The Hitman" outclassed his Brazilian foe for the better part of three rounds and cooled off some of the heat surrounding Thiago's place in the division.
On top of that, he dropped his next bout against Diego Sanchez after a spirited three-round war.
Time to get back on the hog in his hometown.
Don't know who David Mitchell is? You're not the only one.
"Daudi" is a former Tachi Palace Fights welterweight champion who sports an impressive 11-1 record, including nine submission victories. His lone defeat came at the hands of TJ Waldburger in his Octagon debut just last September.
He was originally slated to make his return to action back in January at the "Fight for the Troops 2" event against Mike Swick; however, that turned out to be nothing more than a modified clusterfuck after Swick's pesky health issues reared their ugly head once again.
No such issues with Thiago. Game on.
UFC 134 will feature Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against Yushin Okami, while Mauricio Rua will make his return to the Octagon for the first time since coughing up his 205-pound strap to Jon Jones in a highly anticipated rematch against Forrest Griffin.
In addition, mixed martial arts legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will make what could be his last stand in front of a hometown crowd when he tries to quell the uprising of division prospect Brendan Schaub.
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