Sunday, May 6, 2007

This looks like a good one.

As the title says, this looks like it'll be a good one. It's about time we see Sean Sherk defend his belt as well.

Thanks to Sherdog for the article.

Title Bouts Headline "Stacked" UFC 73By Staff [5/6/2007] The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Sunday announced four bouts for its return to the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. on July 7. UFC champions Anderson Silva and Sean Sherk (Pictures) will attempt to defend their titles against Nathan Marquardt (Pictures) and Hermes Franca (Pictures), respectively.

Silva (18-4), who was has yet to officially defend the UFC middleweight crown he won in brutal fashion against Rich Franklin (Pictures) last Oct., rides a four-fight win streak into the Octagon against the experienced Denver native. Marquardt (25-6-2), challenges the Brazilian on the heels of an impressive victory over Dean Lister (Pictures). The contest will be Marquardt's first high-profile televised bout since edging Ivan Salaverry (Pictures) in a disappointing performance in August of 2005.

UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk (Pictures) takes to the Octagon for the first time since claiming the vacant belt with a hard-fought victory over Kenny Florian (Pictures). Challenging Sherk (31-2-1) Hermes Franca (Pictures), who holds recent victories over Spencer Fisher (Pictures) and Nathan Diaz (Pictures).

Also on the card, The Ultimate Fighter season two winner Rashad Evans (Pictures) puts his undefeated record on the line against the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz (Pictures). Evans enters the grudge match with 10 straight victories, the most recent being a stunning head kick knockout over Sean Salmon (Pictures). July's duel will be Ortiz's first action since being stopped by Chuck Liddell (Pictures) last Dec.

Dispelling rumors that former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures) would make his UFC debut against Justin McCully (Pictures), the UFC announced it will pit "Minotauro" against against a familiar foe, Heath Herring (Pictures) (27-12). The veteran fighters have met twice, with Nogueira seeing his hand raised on both occasions.

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