The Ultimate Fighting Championship today officially announced the main fight card for its June 16, 2007 event in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dubbed UFC 72: Victory, former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin faces Japan’s Yushin Okami in the headline bout. Franklin is angling towards a shot at regaining the title he lost to current champion Anderson Silva, while Okami is riding a six-fight winning streak and looking to stake his own claim to a title shot.
Other featured bouts include Forrest Griffin, returning from a loss to Keith Jardine, against Hector Ramirez, who lost in his UFC debut last November. ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ veteran Rory Singer lost to Okami his last time out in the Octagon. He returns at UFC 72 to face Canadian Jason MacDonald, who lost his last time out to Franklin. Two young guns in the UFC, Clay Guida and Tyson Griffin, round out the main card.
Rumored preliminary bouts according to MMAWeekly.com, not officially announced by the UFC:
-Jake O’Brien vs. Tom Murphy
-Ed Herman vs. Scott Smith
-Marcus Davis vs. Jason Tan
-Eddie Sanchez vs. Colin Robinson
-Dustin Hazelett vs. Stevie Lynch
UFC 72: Victory marks the promotions debut in Northern Ireland and its continued expansion into the European mixed martial arts market.