The upcoming UFC 123 show in Detroit will get the Spike TV prelim treatment with two All-American wrestlers in Aaron Simpson and Mark Munoz squaring off in a middleweight bout, along with Canadian prospect Rory McDonald taking on former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Matt Brown on the card.
Spike TV officials made the announcement about the latest edition of the prelim show on Friday.
Former NCAA champion Mark Munoz will look to get back in the win column after coming up short in his last fight against Yushin Okami in August. Prior to that, Munoz had reeled off a few wins in a row, while displaying a vicious new level of ground and pound when getting opponents to the mat
There are few wrestlers in the world of MMA that can start to match up to the credentials of Munoz, but former Arizona State All-American Aaron Simpson can make similar claims. Simpson had been an on undefeated roll to start his MMA career as well, but wasn’t able to get past Chris Leben in his last fight and felt the sting of defeat for the first time.
Training with fellow UFC fighters Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway, Simpson is ready to get back in action against an fellow wrestler and friend in Mark Munoz.
The other fight announced for the Spike TV card will be young Canadian fighter Rory McDonald, who seemed just minutes away from picking up his second UFC victory in his last fight before running into a third round buzzsaw named Carlos Condit. With MacDonald likely up two rounds to none in their fight back in June, Condit simply overpowered the Canadian fighter, and got a stoppage late in the final minutes of the fight.
McDonald is ready to get back in the cage and erase the memories of that loss, but he has a tough test standing in front of him in the form of Matt Hume student Matt Brown.
Brown is looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses in his last two fights, falling short against Ricardo Almeida and Chris Lytle. The former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor just recently welcomed twins into the world, and he will be fighting for his family come Saturday Nov 23 when he faces McDonald live on Spike TV.
The bouts will air on Spike live starting at 9pm ET, just an hour before UFC 123 goes live on pay-per-view.