UFC 139 Preview: 5 Reasons to Watch

There are plenty of things to do on a Saturday night. However, most don’t involve watching two men locked inside of a cage attempting to punch, kick, knee, and choke their way to victory. In reality, though, few things match the excitement.

UFC 139 will be the organizations first event in San Jose, California. The show will be headlined by a five round, non-title affair between former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, Dan Henderson. The undercard features some some exciting match ups including notable names such as Wanderlei Silva, Cung Le, Urijah Faber and Stephan Bonnar.

If you weren’t planning on tuning in already, here are five reasons why you should invite some friends over, order a few pizzas, grab a couple beers, and order UFC 139 this Saturday, only on pay-per-view.

5. Cung Le Makes His UFC Debut
Packing some of the heaviest kicks in the game, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le will make his octagon debut as part of the UFC 139 co-main event against Wanderlei Silva. With every win in his career coming by way of TKO or KO, it’s no secret Le likes to his attack his opponent on the feet, he brings an extremely versatile striking attack to the cage; including some aesthetically pleasing, incredibly powerful spinning and side kicks.

At 38-years old, Le will be entering the UFC late in the game, he will never be a UFC champion, but is certainly capable of giving the fans some highlight reel finishes. If you have never seen Cung Le fight, he is worth tuning in for.

4. Top Bantamweights Fight For A Bantamweight Title Shot
In a fight that is receiving little in the way of promotion and fan attention, perennial top five bantamweights Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles will clash with the right to face bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz for the title on the line. Both are well rounded and exciting fighters with the ability to finish opponents by knockout or submission.

Bowles is on a two fight win streak since losing the only bout of his career to Cruz in March, 2010. He has been impressive since the loss and hopes to keep his streak going with a win over Faber. Faber, the former WEC featherweight champion, looks to bounce back and earn another shot at Cruz after losing to the champion just one fight ago at UFC 132 last July. The fight was a close decision that Faber believes he won, he will look to make a statement against Bowles and let Cruz know he is coming for the belt with a vengeance.

3. Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva
Put simply, when Wanderlei Silva fights, violence occurs. One of the most exciting fighters to ever compete in mixed martial arts,  "The Axe Murderer" brings his talents to the octagon in the co-main event at UFC 139. With 23 career knockouts, Silva produces fireworks every time he steps inside the octagon. Whether it is him or his opponent, the result of Silva’s fights are typically the same: someone face down on the mat.

For the Brazilian, Saturday night is the most important fight of his 15 year, 46-bout career. He has lost six of his last eight fights, and is not the same fighter he once was. Silva’s back is against the wall, and he knows it. That combination usually equals a hungry fighter looking to put on the best performance of their career.

2. Two mixed martial Arts legends Collide
In the main event of UFC 139, two former champions and legends of the sport will collide for a spot near the top of the congested light heavyweight title mix. After losing the light heavyweight belt to Jon Jones at UFC 128, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua made a statement by defeating Forrest Griffin by knockout at UFC 134 in August. Rua showed his ability to rebound after a devastating loss in the victory over Griffin, he looks to continue that momentum going into Saturdays fight. Henderson, on the other hand, may be on the most successful run of his MMA career. A winner of six of his last seven fights, Henderson has been on a war-path, knocking out the likes of Michael Bisping, Renato Sobral and Fedor Emelianenko.

There is no secret "Shogun" and Henderson will be looking for the knockout from the opening bell. The fight is scheduled for five rounds, allowing both competitors more time to land a fight-ending knockout blow. With 30 career knockouts between them, a highlight reel finish is expected when the former world champions enter the octagon.

1. Seven Former World Champions Compete
The UFC 139 card features seven fighters who once held a belt in a major MMA organizations. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will welcome former PRIDE welterweight and middleweight and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, Dan Henderson back to the octagon in the main event of the evening. Former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva will square off against former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le in the co-main event, and former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber fights former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles on the main card. To top it all off, former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres will compete on the Facebook portion of the preliminary card against Nick Pace.

To see this many former champions participating on one card is rare. Saturday UFC card is one featuring legendary names and great match ups, if you want to see the very best the UFC has to offer, UFC 139 is a can’t miss.


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