The Octagon heads to New Orleans tonight for UFC Fight Night 68.
Check out the media notes, provided by the promotion, below. The card features Dan Henderson vs. Tim Boetsch in the main event, along with a heavyweight scrap between Matt Mitrione and Ben Rothwell.
Dan Henderson is a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. He’s also the former PRIDE middleweight and welterweight champion. Couple those championship reigns with his appearance at the 1996 Olympics as part of the US wrestling team and he’s as close to a living legend as we have in this sport. Throughout his illustrious career, only a UFC championship has eluded him. When “Hendo” meets No. 13 middleweight Tim Boetsch in the main event, he’ll be looking to take his first step in what he hopes will be one more run at the only title not on display in his trophy case.
Two of the top-ranked heavyweights in the world will jockey for position in the division when No. 10 Ben Rothwell meets No. 12 Matt Mitrione in the co-main event. With Andrei Arlovski’s upset of Travis Browne at UFC 187, the division is open for the taking. Both men have knockout power and the ability to end the fight at any given moment. A win will catapult one of these big men up the rankings and into striking distance of title contention.
The home state will be well represented when the Octagon touches down in the Cajun state. Three fighters on the card have strong ties to the area as Dustin Poirier is a Lafayette native, Shawn Jordan was a fullback on two national championship winning LSU football teams and trains in Baton Rouge and Derrick Lewis is a New Orleans native. This will be the first trip to New Orleans since a September 2011 meeting between Jake Ellenberger and Jake Shields. Additionally, newly crowned light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is a Louisiana native who was scheduled to compete in the main event before being pulled for a title fight last week at UFC 187.
No 11. Bantamweight Francisco Rivera returns to the Octagon after a devastating eye injury suffered in a December bout with No. 4 Urijah Faber to take on submission specialist Alex Caceres. The heavy-hitting Rivera; is likely only a couple wins away from the top of the wide open 135-pound division. Always dangerous, Caceres will be looking to return to the win column after dropping two straight. This is a classic grappler vs. striker matchup that has fight of the night written all over it.