Expectations are high in what is expected to be the most highly watched UFC event in history. The event as we all know is set to take place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and can be seen tonight on Pay Per View. The lucky fans of Brazil however will be able to watch the historical event as it will be broadcast on free television. The highly publicized event is expected to draw some twenty-five to thirty million viewers tuning in to watch Brazil’s most notable fighters in Anderson “Spider” Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira.
The long time veteran of the sport, Nogueira, is set to take on the significantly younger Brendan Schaub. The much older “Minotauro” is returning to the octagon after a loss to Cain Velasquez in which he was knocked out. He has been battling injuries since then and has undergone numerous surgeries to repair his aging body. The Brazilian admitted he rushed his rehab to be able to fight in Rio, but mentioned he is definitely 100% healthy and ready to fight. Schaub is coming off a big knockout of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and is the huge favorite in the fight.
Another Brazilian entering the octagon after a loss is “Shogun” Rua. He was most recently seen in March where he lost his title to current champion Jon Jones. The well versed fighter (19-5 overall) will fight Forrest Griffin in a rematch of their 2007 bout where the Brazilian loss via submission. Rua looked in phenomenal shape at the weigh-ins and had a tremendous camp in preparation for tonights fight.
Finally the most popular Brazilian fighter who will enter the octagon in Rio is what many are calling the “pound for pound” best fighter in the world, “The Spider”. He will face off in a battle with Yushin Okami. The two are no strangers as they too have fought before back in January of 2006 where the popular Brazilian loss via Disqualification due to an up kick that hurt the Japanese fighter. Many remember Okami was losing the fight and wasn’t expected to beat the now Middleweight Champion. The now UFC legend who is now sponsored by big companies like Nike and Burger King is expected to take the victory and continue his reign as the best fighter in the world.
The fights in Rio De Janeiro’s HSBC Arena are expected to be full of energy and will house a sold out crowd of MMA fanatics who will be cheering on their hometown fighters. The staff here at MMAtraining.com has been waiting a long time to see tonights fights and can’t wait for tonights event.