Last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 51 had a few memorable highlights — most importantly, that first round knockout which brought Andrei Arlovski back into the UFC’s heavyweight mix. The upset may bring Arlovski a feel of credibility with fans who may not be familiar with his UFC championship reign, and remind the older fans that he’s still a dangerous guy.
On the under card, Leonardo Santos offered a lot of old fans a smile as he walked in to the cage to the tune of PRIDE Fighting Championship’s opening theme. Those days when the Japanese organization stood on top of the MMA world were fond memories for a lot of us. (Santos’ actual bout wasn’t as memorable, but I think he’s improving — and he did enough to win.)
This weekend, the UFC may offer a little more of the same with UFC Fight Night 51 Hunt vs. Nelson. The show boasts a lineup of old favorites and new stars, headlined by a hard-hitting heavyweight main event; plus, it’s all at Saitama Super Arena: the site of so many of those classic fights in Japan.
The full lineup was slightly tweaked recently, with a main card bout (Alex Caceres vs. Masanori Kanehara) and a preliminary bout (Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Richard Walsh) switching places in the event’s order.
Remember that this event will begin with preliminary bouts at 1 pm local time on Saturday afternoon in Japan — that’s going to be early Saturday morning or Friday night in the US: 12:30 am Eastern, 9:30 pm Pacific.
Preliminary Bouts: (UFC Fight Pass, 12:30 am Eastern/9:30 pm Pacific)
Welterweights: Alex Caceres vs. Masanori Kanehara
Bantamweights: Katsunori Kikuno vs. Sam Sicilia
Welterweights: Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Takenori Sato
Bantamweights: Kyung Ho Kang vs. Michinori Tanaka
Lightweights: Johnny Case vs. Kazuki Tokudome
Featherweights: Maximo Blanco vs. Daniel Hooker
Main Card: (UFC Fight Pass, 3:30 am Eastern, 12:30 am Pacific)
Heavyweights: Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson
Lightweights: Takanori Gomi vs. Myles Jury
Middleweights: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Amir Sadollah
Women’s Bantamweights: Rin Nakai vs. Miesha Tate
Welterweights: Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Richard Walsh
Flyweights: Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Jon Delos Reyes
Just for fun, here’s that PRIDE theme one more time: