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UFC 121 Tickets Sure to Go Fast as Lesnar-Velasquez Is Made Official

By on August 16, 2010

It seems like every fight for Brock Lesnar now is a “superfight” that might remind you of the formative days of the UFC, when fans waited for months at a time to see which former UFC tournament champs would be selected to do battle. While the UFC’s heavyweight division used to be a bit of a lumbering embarrassment, it has now become perhaps the source of the biggest fights happening in the organization.

Such will be the case at UFC 121, as Brock Lesnar will now be officially facing Cain Velasquez at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The fight will headline the event, which takes place on October 23rd. UFC 121 tickets will go on sale this Saturday for the event, and are sure to go quickly, as they always do when Lesnar fights.

Lesnar has quickly ascended from a novelty act of sorts with a 1-0 MMA record that was brought in mainly out of curiosity to the number one heavyweight in mixed martial arts today. He cemented his status with a great comeback win over the then-undefeated Shane Carwin in his last fight, when he won by arm triangle choke in the second round to retain his UFC Heavyweight Championship.

Now, he faces another undefeated heavyweight in Velasquez, who is 8-0 and has had impressive wins against the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Cheick Kongo and Ben Rothwell thus far. He’s also an exciting fighter who has finished seven of his eight fights, which has already made him a marketable heavyweight for the UFC.

Four other fights have been officially confirmed by the UFC, as well. Jake Shields, who left Strikeforce as their middleweight champion after defeating former Pride Middleweight Champion and UFC veteran Dan Henderson, will take on Martin Kampmann. It will be Shields’ UFC debut, and could lead to a title shot next year against Georges St. Pierre. Meanwhile, Kampmann is an exciting striker who has developed a solid ground game that he will definitely need against a fighter the likes of Shields.

Tito Ortiz, the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and one of the most well-known fighters in the sport, will take on a fighter he coached on “The Ultimate Fighter” when he faces Matt Hamill. Ortiz built his career upon solid fundamental wrestling and ground and pound, while Hamill is one of the more accomplished wrestlers in the light heavyweight division today.

Meanwhile, Diego Sanchez will try to get back on the right side of the win-loss column by taking on the tough (and underrated) Paulo Thiago in a welterweight scrap. Both fighters have had rough stretches lately. Sanchez was dominated by BJ Penn in a lightweight title match, then defeated soundly by the promising John Hathaway in his return to welterweight. Thiago has lost two of his last four fights, with his last bout being a decision loss to Kampmann.

The final confirmed bout thus far is between Brendan Schaub and Gabriel Gonzaga in the heavyweight division. Schaub was a finalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 10” and has impressed many with his improvement since his time on the show. Gonzaga has sputtered a bit over the last couple of years, but has always had the skills to make a run in the heavyweight division if he could just put it all together.

Don’t miss out on this epic UFC event! Secure your UFC 121 tickets today!

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