The Ultimate Fighting Championships return to Anaheim, California this Saturday for UFC: 121: Lesnar vs Velasquez. The sixth trip to the Greater Los Angeles area will provide those on hand with one of the most highly anticipated cards of the season, with the biggest draw in the sport taking center stage in the main event, as UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar puts his title on the line against number-one contender Cain Velasquez. The action gets underway with a stacked card that begins on Spike TV, before shifting to Pay Per View for the second heavyweight bout of the night, which will feature Brendan Schaub and Gabriel Gonzaga. Hometown favorite Tito “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz will make his return to the octagon to take on Matt Hamill, while the welterweight division gets sorted out with a couple of key matchups featuring names such as Diego Sanchez, Jake Shields, and Paulo Thiago.
Brock Lesnar (6-1-0) vs Cain Velasquez (8-0-0)
UFC Odds: Lesnar -140
UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar can do it all. A physical specimen that is unrivalled in the sport today, Lesnar has proven in his short time in the sport that he can beat opponents any way he chooses, and with his massive size and resistance, it’s hard to envision anybody ever taking him down. After becoming the first fighter to ever survive the first round of a fight against Shane Carwin, Lesnar prevailed with a submission win, taunting the crowd after the tilt in recognition of those that had doubted him. Next up on the list for Lesnar is the undefeated Cain Velasquez, who earned the number-one contender role by winning his first eight fights. While Velasquez’s record is impressive, he has yet to face an opponent even close to being as good as Lesnar.
Jake Shields (25-4-1) vs Martin Kampmann (17-3-0)
UFC Odds: Shields -210
Jake Shields has not lost a fight since 2004, and after deciding to leave Strikeforce and vacate his Middleweight Championship with the promotion, is set to make his debut for the UFC. Shields’ first opponent will be Martin Kampmann, who is comin off of consecutive wins over Jacob Volkmann and Paulo Thiago.
Diego Sanchez (21-4-0) vs Paul Thiago (13-2-0)
UFC Odds: Thiago -130
The first of two key welterweight bouts on the card, two-time Fight of the Night award winner Diego Sanchez will battle BJJ and Judo black belt Paulo Thiago, who will attempt to bounce back from a loss to Martin Kampmann.
Tito Ortiz (15-7-1) vs Matt Hamill (10-2-0)
UFC Odds: Hamill -130
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill will look to extend his four-fight win streak against California-native Tito Ortiz, who is at a crossroads in his career. Ortiz has lost three of four fights dating back to 2006, with his only reprieve from defeat being a draw against Rashad Evans at UFC: 73. Ortiz’s personal life has undoubtedly contributed to his struggles in the octagon. He will look to put both behind him tonight.
Brendan Schaub (6-1-0) vs Gabriel Gonzaga (11-5-0)
UFC Odds: Gonzaga -165
The lights will go on for the main card with Ultimate Fighter 10 finalist Brendan Schaub will take on UFC veteran Gabriel Gonzaga in the first fight of the night.
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