The UFC confirmed the full card for its first-ever trip to Seattle this Saturday, March 26. UFC Fight Night Live: Nogueira vs. Davis, which will be held at KeyArena and broadcast live on Spike TV at 10 p.m. ET/PT, features a highly-anticipated light heavyweight main event battle between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and undefeated Phil Davis.
Welterweight striker Dan Hardy faces Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in the co-main evnet, while fellow 170-pound competitors Amir Sadollah and DaMarques Johnson are also set to lock horns. Plus, featherweights Leonard Garcia and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung collide in a rematch of their 2010 clash, which was nominated for Fight of the Year.
UFC officials also formally announced the following bouts for this Saturday’s undercard: Jon Madsen vs. Mike Russow, Alex Caceres vs. Mackens Semerzier, John Hathaway vs. Kris McCray, Michael McDonald vs. Edwin Figueroa, Sean McCorkle vs. Christian Morecraft, Johny Hendricks vs. TJ Waldburger, Mario Miranda vs. Aaron Simpson and Waylon Lowe vs. Nik Lentz.
Madsen vs. Russow and Caceres vs. Semerzier will air live on Facebook.com/UFC at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
A Florida native, Alex Caceres (5-2) makes his long-awaited UFC debut after appearing on The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 as a member of Georges St-Pierre’s team. “Bruce Leeroy”, as he is commonly referred, is hoping that his unpredictable style leads him to victory in this featherweight contest. He will take on former WEC fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Mackens Semerzier (7-3). “Da Menace” is an aggressive and well-rounded fighter, who most recently battled Cub Swanson in a WEC Fight of the Night in November.
Heavyweight Jon Madsen (7-0) is hoping to leave Seattle with his perfect professional record intact. Having beaten four UFC heavyweights, most recently earning a TKO victory over Gilbert Yvel at UFC 121, the former Division II National Wrestling Champion plans on using his solid experience on the mat to control the fight and make his name known in the division. Mike Russow (13-1, 1NC) will be the man standing in his way, and he has his own plans of staying undefeated in the UFC. Though he is coming off of a stunning knockout victory over Todd Duffee at UFC 114, the former collegiate wrestler may seek to get back to what he knows best and look for a quick submission victory.
John Hathaway (14-1) steps back into the Octagon motivated as ever to climb the divisional ladder. “The Hitman” is fighting for the sixth time overall in the UFC and is expecting to show off the form that put him on the map in the welterweight division. The 23-year-old will get that chance when he takes on TUF 11 finalist Kris McCray (6-2). Known for his solid takedowns and powerful slams, “Savage” seeks his first win in the UFC.
Hot prospect Michael McDonald (11-1) debuts in the UFC and is fighting for the first time since defeating Clint Godfrey in the WEC. This bantamweight standout nicknamed “Mayday” is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt with knockout power. His opponent, Edwin Figueroa (7-0), is a hard-hitting, undefeated striker with his sights on finishing his eighth straight fight.
Having lost just once in his career, heavyweight Sean McCorkle (10-1) steps back into the Octagon ready to battle the division’s toughest competitors. At 6’7”, McCorkle has developed a knack for finishing his fights via submission, and he’ll look to do the same to his next opponent, heavyweight Christian Morecraft (6-1). Originally from Washington, D.C., Morecraft stands 6’6” and has secured finishes in all six of his professional victories.
Welterweight Johny Hendricks (9-1) heads to Seattle aiming to put on a Fight of the Night performance. A former Oklahoma State collegiate wrestler, Hendricks hopes to use his elite grappling skills to derail TJ Waldburger (13-5). The 22-year-old is coming off of a decision victory over David Mitchell in September and seeks a second straight UFC victory when he meets Hendricks at KeyArena.
Exciting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and middleweight Mario Miranda (12-2) will have the Washington fans behind him on March 26 when he takes on former Arizona State collegiate wrestler Aaron Simpson (7-2). Simpson, nicknamed “A-Train” works out alongside rising stars CB Dolloway and Ryan Bader in Arizona and plans to showcase his wrestling prowess and heavy hands against Miranda.
A winner of two straight, Waylon Lowe (10-3) hopes to keep his streak alive in his next lightweight battle. After defeating Willamy Freire and Steve Lopez in back to back fights, Lowe hopes to extend his streak against Nik Lentz (22-3-2). “The Carny” has not lost in his UFC career, going 4-0-1 since UFC 103, and his takedown defense and strong kicks may help him keep it that way when he battles Lowe.
UFC Fight Night Live: Nogueira vs. Davis takes place from the KeyArena in Seattle, WA this Saturday, March 26th. The main card will be broadcast live on Spike TV at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Don’t forget to check back this Saturday for our live coverage of the event.