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UFC confirms main card for UFC 72

The UFC has confirmed the main televised portion of the UFC 72: Victory card set for June 16 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland.

The main event will be Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami. Also, Forrest Griffin will take on Hector “Sick Dog” Ramirez, Jason MacDonald vs. Rory Singer, and Tyson Griffin vs. Clay Guida.

Interestingly, a fifth bout for the telecast has not been designated. The UFC traditionally has always televised at least five bouts per PPV telecast. Perhaps they will be selecting the best match from the preliminary portion of the card which includes bouts between Jake O’Brien vs. Tom Murphy, Ed Herman vs. Scott Smith, Marcus Davis vs. Jason Tan, Eddie Sanchez vs. Colin Robinson, and Dustin Hazelett vs. Steve Lynch.

  • says:

    When I had initially read about Shogun signing with the UFC on, it was mentioned that he may be fighting on the UFC 72 card. Considering the proximity of the event, this seems unlikely (if this was PRIDE with their notorious last-minute card modifications, I would be more inclined to believe it was a realistic possibility). However, with the open slot on the main card, it makes me wonder. Have you heard anything that makes you think there is a chance we could see Shogun at 72? Frankly, his addition is the only way I could be convinced to purchase this underwhelming event.

  • says:

    Eric, I had heard some rumors about Shogun possibly being on UFC 72 (from the Chute Boxe USA) website and there was also talk of adding a few other fighters to the card such as Paulo Filho. But from what I’ve been hearing, what you see with the UFC 72 card is what we’ll get.

    It will be possible to add a match at the last minute because MMA is not regulated in the U.K. However, last minute fight additions is something that Pride was notorious for but that the UFC has gone out of it’s way to avoid.

    The plan for UFC 72 was to be a Spike TV event and the UFC was caught off-guard when Spike took a pass. This event is more about establishing a presence in the UK as opposed to selling PPVs in the U.S.

    As for Shogun, there are some rumors that he might debut in July but I really haven’t heard anything concrete.


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