UFC brings fight to San Jose this weekend

UFC brings fight to San Jose this weekend
July 26, 2014, 11:00 am
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Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown square off for a shot at UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. (USATSI)

Nitesh Dutt

Mixed martial arts are coming to San Jose this weekend when SAP Center hosts UFC on FOX 12 on Saturday night.

Headlined by a highly anticipated welterweight brawl between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown, the card boats better matchups than some recent pay-per-view events.

Kicking off the main card is a lightweight tilt featuring San Jose's Josh Thomson taking on Bobby Green. Thomson is coming off a controversial split decision loss to Benson Henderson, while Green is looking for his fourth straight victory inside the octagon.

Following the lightweights is a featherweight bout between UFC mainstay Clay Guida and Dennis Bermudez. Guida is 2-1 at 145 pounds and is coming off a "Fight of the Night" performance against Tatsuya Kawajiri. On the flip side, Bermudez has won six straight since losing his featherweight debut. This is an opportunity for Bermudez to jump into the division's Top 10.

In the night's co-main event, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson takes on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in light heavyweight action. Johnson, who made his UFC return in April, is already ranked No. 5 in the light heavyweight division and could make another jump with another victory. For Nogueira there may be plenty of cage rust as he hasn't fought in almost 18 months. At the age of 38, this is seen by many as a "last run" for Nogueira.

From top to bottom there's plenty reasons to tune in to this card, but the main reason to stick around is the night's main event.

Robbie "Ruthless" Lawler and Matt "The Immortal" Brown will square off with a shot at UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks on the line.

Lawler is coming off a dominant TKO victory over Jake Ellenberger and has won four of five bouts since rejoining the UFC. The latest victory came after a decision loss to Hendricks for the then-vacant welterweight title. With the recent lack of movement in the weight class, Lawler is back in the title picture.

His opponent has never had a UFC title shot, but is considered the most worthy. Matt Brown has won seven straight bouts and has long been considered a title hopeful. This Saturday night, Brown can take that final step toward UFC gold with a victory over Lawler.

With title hopes on the line, many expect Brown and Lawler to put on a "Fight of the Night" caliber performance. It's a realistic expectation, as they are two of the best strikers at 170 pounds.

For MMA fans in San Jose, it's a must-see event right in our backyard.