With UFC 120 in the books, and Michael Bipsing on the upswing while fellow Brit Dan Hardy tries to regroup himself, let's take a look at UFC 121 this Saturday, Oct. 23, in Anaheim, Calif.
Time for the Fightin' Words pre-5, where we take a look at the five most intriguing fights, in our opinion.
5) Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
McGee's resurrection from heroind addict to Season 11 "Ultimate Fighter" winner is the type of story that makes sportswriting a delight. Let's hope there's more good to come from McGee as he makes his official debut in the UFC. Jensen has lost four of his six fights in the UFC and could be close to getting cut from the promotion's roster. That usually motivates a fighter.
4) Brendan Schaub vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
This is one-sided in its interest because Schaub possesses all the tools necessary to succeed in the heavyweight division. His development is something to study. After getting knocked out in the first round by Roy Nelson in the Season 10 "Ultimate Finale," Schaub has two first-round KOs of his own. Expect a third because no one is buying the Gonzaga bill of goods anymore. He may have sick jiu-jitsu, but aside from that one kick to Mirko Cro Cop's head, what has he done? Besides lose to every top-tier fighter he has fought, that is.
3) Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill
The greatest champion in the sport's toughest division takes another shot at a comeback. Does Ortiz have anything left? We know he can talk it up like he was in his 20s, but we've yet to see him fight like that again. Here's hoping he can still mix it up, because he's far more interesting in a title run than Hamill.
2) Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
It's the much-anticipated debut of Shields in the UFC, and the former Strikeforce middleweight champion enters off his biggest win. Shields dismantled Dan Henderson last April, a fight only he and his cornermen thought he would win. Henderson was all but given a pre-fight title parade then. Kampmann has put it all together and won four of his last five. The winner of this fight should be in line for a title shot against the Georges St-Pierre-Josh Koscheck winner.
1) Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
No surprise here that this is the most interesting fight at UFC 121. Lesnar has answered every call thus far. Now here comes Velasquez, the Mexican heavyweight with the super cardio and an arsenal of talent. Will it be enough to overcome the champion? Velasquez appears to be the only true top contender with all-around ability to pull it off.
Here's the full UFC 121 fight card.