The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to movie theaters with UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez on Oct. 23. UFC 121 will be shown in more than 300 movie theaters nationwide at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will attempt to successfully defend his title for a third-consecutive time, this time against unbeaten Cain Velasquez, who is looking to take Lesnar’s belt and become the UFC’s first Mexican-American heavyweight champion.
Broadcast live from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., the much anticipated fight card also features the light heavyweight match-up between Tito Ortiz and his former “The Ultimate Fighter” protégé, Matt Hamill.
“Throughout fighting history, there has never been a Mexican-American heavyweight champion, but at UFC 121, Cain Velasquez will try to make history and become the first,” UFC President Dana White said. “To do that though, he must defeat the baddest man on the planet, UFC heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. Also, fresh off his destruction of Dan Henderson, Jake Shields enters the UFC, and he’s got his sights set on the welterweight title, but he’s got to get by Martin ‘The Hitman’ Kampmann first.”
In addition to the highly anticipated main fight card, UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez will also include the pivotal welterweight showdown between 170-pound contenders Jake Shields, in his Octagon debut, and Martin Kampmann, winner of four of his last five fights.
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 finalist Brendan Schaub squares off against Gabriel Gonzaga in a heavyweight showdown and Diego Sanchez attempts to take out Paulo Thiago, a special ops police officer who has defeated Josh Koscheck and Mike Swick.