UFC 139 Preview

UFC 139 is one of the most stacked cards the UFC has ever produced and further crushes the stigma of the ‘single fight card’ by featuring up and coming fighters, established contenders and mixed martial arts legends. UFC 139 is scheduled to take place this Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 and will feature some of the most notable fighters and anticipated bouts for both title contention and status within the mixed martial arts world. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest fights on the card with a prefight breakdown and analysis.

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UFC 139 is scheduled to be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Saturday, Nov. 19, and the main five fight card will air live on pay-per-view at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The two fight televised preliminary card will be available free on Spike TV at 8pm ET/5pm PT, while the five fight Facebook preliminary card will be available free streaming live on the UFC Facebook page at 4:45pm ET/1:45pm PT.

UFC 139 will feature:

Main Card

 Maurício Rua vs. Dan Henderson

Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le

Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles

Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury

Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story

Preliminary Card (Spike TV)

Michael McDonald vs. Alex Soto

Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Shamar Bailey vs. Danny Castillo

Matt Brown vs. Seth Baczynski

Miguel Torres vs. Nick Pace.

Gleison Tibau vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Weidman

Dan Henderson- two-division PRIDE champion, STRIKEFORCE light heavyweight champion vs. Maurício Rua, former UFC light heavyweight champion, PRIDE GP Champion

This meeting of champions is a fight that has been in the making for the past ten years and finally is pitting two of the sports most notable champions, in multiple fight companies and multiple weight divisions, against each other. Henderson comes from a very pronounced college wrestling career but has become notorious for his use of his incredible knockout power and iron chin. Henderson’s right hand has handed defeat to the best of the best not only in mutliple divisions but in the sport, from Fedor Emelianenko to Rich Franklin. Rua is known as a former Pride champion who has defeated notable fighters from Chuck Liddell to Forrest Griffin, and was the only man in the UFC Light Heavyweight division at the time to dethrone the lengthy rein of Lyoto Machida and become the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Henderson will want to keep the fight standing by using his ‘sprawl and brawl’ technique and only resort to the ground to execute his surgical ground and pound. Meanwhil Rua will want to use his powerful strikes, leg kicks and superior jiu jitsu to pick apart his opponent.

“I am going to try to out strike Shogun. I am going to try to beat him in every aspect of MMA. I guess I could get knocked out like anyone can get knocked out, but I’ve been lucky enough not to get hit on the button yet. But, him saying he’s going to be the first man to knock me out, good luck to him on that one.” – Dan Henderson

“I have worked a lot on speed. I beat Forrest Griffin with speed and I think speed will be the difference in this fight at UFC 139. I will press forward against Henderson. It is my style, I have always fought this way, the fans love it and I am very successful with it. If I go forward, I can’t see myself losing this fight.”- Maurício Rua

Wanderlei Silva, former PRIDE middleweight champion vs. Cung Le, former STRIKEFORCE middleweight champion. 

This is another legendary fight between two former champions that will clash very contrasting styles. Wanderlei Silva is a knockout artist who has been a multiple champion in the sport for almost two decades and whose powerful striking style has defeated notable fighters from Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson to Michael Bisping.  Cung Le is a former StrikeForce champion and undefeated kickboxing champion with unique and devastating whirlwind kicks and strikes from his distinct Sanshou and Taekwondo style background. Both are accomplished martial artists and both have knockout highlights that have come to define the sport from Le breaking Frank Shamrock’s arm to Silva sending Quinton Jackson out cold through the ropes. Silva still packs plenty of power with his very fast relentless style and will most likely want to go for a knockout. Le has the ability to use his opponent’s openings and goad them into a powerful series of strikes that hit with pinpoint accuracy and will want to keep things standing as well. Silva’s chin and ability to withstand Le’s accuracy will be the definitive factor. Additionally, Silva is by far more experienced but Le’s style of striking is unlike anything Silva has faced. This definitely is a fight to watch.

“This is a great match with me and Cung. I know it will be a great show for the fans. We both have attacking styles. We both fight. He is a really good fighter, I saw his tapes, I studied his game and it’s so hard to find some guys fight like him. We brought in some guys from Taekwondo and from all the other martial arts to try to help me prepare for Le’s style.”- Wanderlei Silva

“It’s great to have the chance to fight on such a huge card. I am very focused on this fight. I’m not thinking about the future, just enjoying the moment of fighting in the UFC. After my last fight, I got put on hold for a while with fighting even though I wanted to fight right away. I got busy with movies, but then I had the chance to fight in the UFC. Everything happens for a reason. I could have hung up my gloves and done movies, but I am a fighter first and actor second. I started following Wanderlei when I started following PRIDE so I know he’s had one of the longest win streaks in MMA. It’s an honor to fight someone like Wanderlei for my UFC debut.”- Cung Le

The rest of the fight card is a list of Ultimate Fighter Alumni, Champions, Contenders and some of the best fighters the sport has to offer including but not limited to: Urijah Faber, Miguel Torres, Ryan Bader, Stephan Bonnar, Seth Baczynski, and Tom Lawlor.

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