Philadelphia has long tradition of being a fighting city. Current boxing great Bernard Hopkins was born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love and Smokin' Joe Frazier, one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, also calls Philly home. The UFC will make its second appearance at the Wells Fargo Center for UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2 and Tito Oriz will be looking to play the role of Rocky Balboa.
Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald
Pyle is a smart fighter with a very solid skill set. Training with the many talented and hard-working fighters at Xtreme Couture has brought the mental part of his game to a very high level and he showed that in his last fight, a win over former King of Pancrase Ricardo Almeida. Pyle has career wins over Jon Fitch, John Hathaway, and Shonie Carter.
After starting his career at 10-0, MacDonald had his break out fight in his first loss. After beating up Carlos Condit for 3 rounds, the veteran tough guy Condit came back and scored a TKO with just :07 left on the clock. It was a great fight for the 22 year-old Canadian and one that put him on the radar of some people that may not have noticed him before.
Jorge Rivera vs. Constantinos Philippou
After breaking off 3 in a row Rivera ran into an angry Michael Bisping after a lot of pre-fight hype that Rivera and his camp created. Bisping got the last word by TKO in the second round so Rivera wants to get back on track with a big win here. He's 19-8 for his career with wins over Nate Quarry, Kendall Grove, and David Loiseau.
After a very nice run in New Jersey's famous Ring of Combat, where Frankie Edgar, Jim Miller, and so many other successful UFC fighters have fought, Philippou dropped his UFC debut to another former ROC fighter, Nick Catone. Fighting out Matt Serra's Serra-Longo Fight Team, Philippou will be fighting to improve his record to 8-2 and start making a name for himself on the big stage.
Dennis Hallman vs. Brian Ebersole
The combined record of these two veteran competitors is 97-27-3. Hallman is coming off of back to back wins over two pretty tough guys in Ben Saunders and Karo Parisyan. An amazing 38 of his 50 wins have come by submission and 2 of those submissions were over Matt Hughes in a combined :38 seconds. Hallman can get it done on the mat.
Ebersole's record is more balanced with 13 knockouts, 20 submissions, and 14 decisions. It's not often that a fighter of this caliber makes his UFC debut after 62 fights but that's exactly what Ebersole did. As a heavy underdog he came in and put on a great show, fight of the night, and got a big win over Chris Lytle. A win over Hallman here will continue his momentum and show people that the Lytle fight was no fluke.
Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Belfort was riding a 5 fight winning streak coming into his title shot against Anderson Silva. He appeared to have what it took to stand and exchange with the Spider until he was hit with a lightning fast front kick that knocked him out. Since his first pro fight as a 19 year old, Belfort has been to war against some of...