The Ultimate Fighting Championship is once again taking over Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas. The organization formally announced today that UFC middleweight champion and undisputed pound-for-pound kingwill return to the Octagon on Saturday, July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to face undefeated No. 1 contender .
That’s not all: this week in July also marks the return of the UFC Fan Expo, as well as Fight Week, a series of fan events, concerts, and appearances featuring your favorite UFC fighters and personalities.
“The best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Anderson Silva, defends the middleweight title for a record 11th time on July 6 when he takes on unbeaten Chris Weidman,” UFC President Dana White said. “Weidman is 9-0 in his pro career and has incredible wrestling and power. He said he will shock the world at UFC 162 and end Anderson’s reign atop the middleweight division. With UFC 162, the UFC Fan Expo and Fight Week, this is going to be an amazing week for fight fans. You have to be in Las Vegas this Fourth of July weekend!”
In addition to the Silva-Weidman showdown, Frankie Edgar (15-4-1, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.), a former lightweight champion and currently the third-ranked featherweight in the world, battles Brazil’s Charles Oliveira (16-3, 1 NC, fighting out of Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil), while former Strikeforce middleweights make their UFC debuts as Tim Kennedy (15-4, fighting out of Austin, Texas) takes on Rio de Janeiro’s Roger Gracie (6-1).
In addition, fourth-ranked “The Korean,” Chan Sung Jung (13-3, fighting out of Po-Hang, South Korea) returns from a yearlong layoff due to injury to meet second-ranked Ricardo Lamas (13-2, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) in a fight that could determine the next challenger for the featherweight title, while fifth-ranked featherweight Cub Swanson (19-5, fighting out of Palm Springs, Calif.) faces Germany’s sixth-ranked Dennis Siver (21-8).
UFC 162 Main Card:
FRANKIE EDGAR vs. CHARLES OLIVEIRA
TIM KENNEDY vs. ROGER GRACIE
CHAN SUNG JUNG vs. RICARDO LAMAS
DENNIS SIVER vs. CUB SWANSON
Other bouts for UFC 162 include:
Seventh-ranked middleweight star Mark Munoz(12-3, fighting out of Lake Forrest, Calif.) vs. heavy-handed 10th-ranked contender Tim Boetsch(12-3, fighting out of Sunbury, Pa.).
185-pound fan favorite Chris Leben (22-9, fighting out of Oahu, Hawaii) vs. Andrew Craig(8-1, fighting out of Houston, Texas).
Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke(17-2) vs. Japan’s Kazuki Tokudome(12-3-1) in a lightweight showdown.
Brazil’s Edson Barboza (11-1) challengesMontreal’s John Makdessi(11-2).
Heavyweights Shane Del Rosario(8-1, fighting out of Irvine, Calif.) vs. Dave Herman(21-5, fighting out of Temecula, Calif.).
Welterweights Seth Baczynski (17-7, fighting out of Apache Junction, Ariz.) vs. Houston’s Brian Melancon(6-2).
Portland’s Mike Pierce(16-5) vs. David Mitchell(12-2, fighting out of Santa Rosa, Calif.) in a welterweight contest.