Thursday, June 18, 2009 | 7 a.m.
The UFC confirmed the remaining fights for its historic 100th anniversary card set for July 11th at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday.
While there will be two championships fights (Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar, and Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves) and a battle of the coaches on season No. 9 of “The Ultimate Fighter” (Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping) during the main card of UFC 100, title contenders, a former champ, and rising stars round out the other bouts.
The UFC added Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago, Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher, Mark Coleman vs. Stephan Bonnar, Mac Danzig vs. Jim Miller, Jon Jones vs. Jake O’Brien, Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jonathan Goulet, C.B. Dollaway vs. Tom Lawlor and Matt Grice vs. Shannon Gugerty.
“I started hearing about UFC 100 around UFC 90. I am blown away by how excited fans were for this event,” said UFC president Dana White.
“So I made sure to stack this card with the greatest fights and greatest fighters in the world.”
UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC heavyweight champ Coleman looks to bounce back from back-to-back losses to Mauricio Rua and Fedor Emelianenko when he takes on Bonnar.
Bonnar, known for his epic fight with Forrest Griffin on the original “The Ultimate Fighter,” is also trying to bounce back from his own setback, a tough loss he suffered to Jones at UFC 94.
Japanese middleweight superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama (who has a mixed martial arts record of 12-1, with two no contests) will be making his long-awaited UFC debut against Belcher, who is on a two-fight win streak.
With Akiyama’s debut, and other talented fighters coming out of Japan like Yushin Okami, Yoshiyuki Yoshida and Caol Uno, the UFC launched the first Japanese-language UFC web and mobile sites on Tuesday.
Japanese fight fans can access UFC content such as breaking news, fight previews, video interviews, photos and stories on any of Japan’s three major mobile carriers, NTT Docomo, KDDI and Softbank, on a daily basis.