by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship for the first time lands in Germany with UFC 99 on June 13. Headlining the fight card at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, is a 195-pound catchweight bout between former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former Pride 205-pound champ Wanderlei Silva.
Outside of the main event, UFC 99, not surprisingly, has a strong European presence spread throughout.
American Marcus Davis, who is steadily building a fan presence in Ireland, is in one of the most anticipated bouts of the night. He will face British fighter Dan Hardy, who is on a five-fight winning streak including back-to-back wins in the Octagon.
Fellow Brit John Hathaway returns to the UFC for his second time in the Octagon. He will face the debuting Rick Story.
Born in Russia, but now fighting out of Germany, Dennis Siver makes his sixth start for the promotion. He faces Dale Hartt, who is 1-1 thus far fighting for the UFC.
Fighting out of Holland, Denis Stojnic looks to bounce back from a disappointing loss in his UFC debut to American Kickboxing Academy’s Cain Velasquez. He faces fellow Dutch fighter Stefan Struve, who also lost his first foray into the Octagon to Junior dos Santos.
Other fights that are announced to highlight the card are Mike Swick versus Ben Saunders and Spencer Fisher facing Caol Uno.