Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has long been lambasted by fans and pundits alike for putting on watered down cards due to the hectic and busy schedule that sees a mixed martial arts (MMA) event nearly every weekend.
Once UFC brass announced their plans for the UFC 187 pay-per-view (PPV) featuring the light heavyweight and middleweight championship bouts, alongside potential No. 1 contender fights in the lightweight and flyweight divisions, the MMA community went into full pandemonium in anticipation of arguably the biggest event since UFC 100.
Let's run down a quick list of the fighters set to throw down on May 23, 2015 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada:
Jon Jones, Anthony Johnson, Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort, Donald Cerrone, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga, Travis Browne, and Andrei Arlovski.
As if the card was not already stacked enough, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 17 runner-up Uriah Hall wants in on the UFC 187 PPV, and he is calling out a familiar foe once again.
From his Twitter:
Hall has been angling for a rematch against the Cyprus native for quite some time, as "Prime Time" wants redemption from his 2011 majority decision loss to Philippou at Ring of Combat 34.
The Kyokushin Karate black belt nearly got what he asked for back at UFC Fight Night 59, as he was slated to face off against Philippou before the Cypriot pulled out of the fight with a rib injury just about two weeks before the Boston event, forcing Hall to instead fight short notice opponent Ron Stallings -- opening up a nasty gash en route to the (technical) knockout victory.
Hall called Philippou out in his post-fight interview in Boston, but considering the TUF veteran had to call out his foe once again on Twitter, it seems Philippou may be hesitant to take the fight -- or he is still nursing his rib injury.
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