UFC 55 Shaping up!
Paul Buentello vs. Andrei Arlovski
This will be Andrei Arlovski's first title defense without the interim tag. Arlovski has been on a tear and looks hard to be right now. If he manages to win this fight and if Mir is ready to go, then look for these two heavyweights to hook up next. Paul Buentello made an impact on his UFC debut after knocking out Justin Eilers. Now he is a secret no more and this fight will not only be entertaining, but very competitive. Win or lose, I would like to see Buentello fight Tim Sylvia down the road.
Forrest Griffin vs. Elvis Sinosic
Forrest Griffin maybe the most popular in the UFC and every fighter wants the chance to be the first to give him his UFC loss. If Griffin continues to win, a fight with his 'Ultimate Fighter' coach and UFC light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell might soon be on the horizon. Elvis Sinosic was originally supposed to fight Alessio Sakara but now he is replacing Ian Freeman who is most known for his victory over former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir. According to Freeman's manager, Monte Cox, 'Ian is out, and has announced his retirement... he fell from a horse and reinsured cartilage in his chest...Ian will continue in MMA as a promoter and TV personality in Europe.' Sinosic hasn't won in the UFC since his debut in the company and that in 2001 over Jeremy Horn. What better way to make a comeback then defeating one of the T.U.F contract winners?
Evan Tanner vs. David the Loiseau
Evan Tanner is coming off a tough loss to now 185-pound UFC champion Rich Franklin. Without the belt, Tanner is now on the hunt to get back his crown and prove he is still one of the best at 185. David 'The Crow' Loiseau is coming off an impressive victory over Charles 'Chainsaw' McCarthy at UFC 53. If Loiuseau gets by Tanner then he will be a serious contender for the title.
Renato 'Babalu' Sobral vs. Chael Sonnen
Renato 'Babalu' Sobral, the only fighter to defeat Pride's Middleweight tournament champion, Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua, will fight Team Quest's Chael Sonnen. Sobral must win this fight if he wants to fight Chuck Liddell. Sonnen will be making his UFC debut, but has fought top notch competition during his career. These two have fought before in California event where the matches were legit but the winner was pre-determined because of no sanctioning of mixed martial arts in California. Sonnen got the decision victory and since then there has been bad blood between the two.
Pete Sell vs. Joe Riggs
Joe 'Diesel' Riggs will arrive shortly in Utah to train with Jeremy Horn in his fight against Pete 'Drago' Sell. Riggs is coming off a very disappointing loss to Ivan Salaverry in his last UFC appearance. He will need this win to remain on the UFC roster and this is rumored to be his last fight at 185 pounds before dropping to 170. With every Phil Baroni win in Pride, Sell's stock rises but he is also coming off a loss. Many people have disputed that his fight with Nate Quarry was stopped to early by referee Cecil Peoples, when Sell was knocked down. Sell will get his second chance to show what he is capable of doing.
Marcio 'Pe De Pano' Cruz vs. Keigo Kunihara
This fight is filled with international flavor. Marcio 'Pe De Pano' Cruz from Brazil and Keigo Kunihara from Japan. This will be Cruz' mixed martial arts debut after winning numerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. Kunihara is making his UFC debut and is K.O.T.C. veteran with only four fights. Either way the UFC is finally giving their heavyweight division more depth.
Alessio Sakara vs. TBD
Allessio 'The Italian Legionary' Sakara is now left without an opponent due to Sinosic now fighting Griffin. Sakara is 24 years old and is 7-3 with having fought in the Jungle Fight and M-1 MFC Russia organizations.
More matches are still to be announced.