On September 22, 2007,  the UFC will present it’s UFC 76:  KNOCKOUT event.  This fight card just may be the best card ever assembled by the UFC, at least on paper.  UFC 76 will carry 5 fights that could each, arguably, be a headliner.  It is the return of two formidable light heavyweights, CHUCK LIDDELL and KEITH JARDINE, each coming off devastating knockout losses.  The event will also feature the debut of two huge PRIDE FC talents now  fighting for the UFC: MARICIO “Shogun” RUA and KAZUHIRO NAKAMURA.  RUA will display his immense talent inside the octagon against fan favorite FORREST GRIFFIN.  RUA just may be the best light heavyweight in the world but he first must get by the never-say-die GRIFFIN and adjust to the cage, due to his 5 year absence.   NAKAMURA, one of the great Judokas in all of mixed martial arts, will matchup against undefeated – and also debuting –  karate practioner RYOTO MACHIDA.   MACHIDA’s resume showcases wins over UFC well-knowns, BJ PENN, RICH FRANKLIN and STEPHAN BONNAR.   Also, THIAGO TAVARES will be sporting a strong Muay Thai game coupled with solid submissions against an always exciting and complete TYSON GRIFFIN (see his fight in Ireland vs. CLAY GUIDA). 

The most intriguing fight of the night will be that of DIEGO SANCHEZ and JON FITCH.  SANCHEZ, a legitimate contender for the welterweight belt, is coming off his very first loss in a tactical and uneventful fight with JOSH KOSCHECK.  JON FITCH puts his 13 fight win streak on the line for a shot at mainstream stardom.  While SANCHEZ wants to regain his status as a feared welterweight, FITCH will attempt to make a pay per view splash by feeding SANCHEZ some of his own medicine.  It may not live up to its hype but this is an extraordinary matchup!

Following UFC’s purchase of PRIDE FC, it must now contend with how to pour in some PRIDE’s top fighters without disrupting the present hierarchy.  They must offer the most desireable matches while maintaining that the rankings aren’t too subjective.  This can only mean one thing for fight fans:  More great UFC fight cards in the future.  As for now, UFC 76 just may be offering the UFC’s best fight card to date.  UFC 73 event was penned “Stacked” but maybe they should have kept that signature for this event.  Note to MMA fans:  Just a few more sleepless nights until it arrives …   

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