Countdown to UFC 58!!!

by World Wide Ed on Friday, February 10, 2006

GOOD LORD! Can I be more excited!?!? Why, you ask??? Lemme count the ways…

  1. First of all, I’m taking a break from work and going on a much-needed vacation.
  2. Secondly, I’m going to Vegas!
  3. Third, I’m staying at the newly opened Hooters Hotel and Casino! Because it’s new, not because it’s Hooters you perverts!
  4. Fourth, I’m watching a UFC event LIVE!!! (first time in my life)
  5. Fifth, Hawaii’s own BJ Penn will be making his return to the UFC at this very event!
  6. The card also includes the likes of Rich Franklin, David Loiseau, Georges St-Pierre, Diego Sanchez, Joe Doerksen and Mike Swick!
  7. I’m going to get to see some old friends I haven’t seen in a long time! I’m counting on ya Toad and Tom!!!
  8. And if that wasn’t enough excitement, after that, I’M FRIGGEN GOING SNOWBOARDING AGAIN!!!

Anyway, for you curious bees out there, here’s some detailed UFC 58 info for y’all. Look for me on TV!

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UFC 58 USA vs. Canada (Promo Spot)

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UFC CHAMPION RICH FRANKLIN TO DEFEND
MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE AT UFC 58: USA vs. CANADA
SATURDAY, MARCH 4 AT MANDALAY BAY
EVENTS CENTER IN LAS VEGAS

FEATURING
RICH FRANKLIN vs. DAVID LOISEAU
AND GEORGES ST. PIERRE vs. BJ PENN

Las Vegas, NV – With an impressive 21-1-0 Mixed Martial Arts record, current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin will face his toughest opponent yet when he takes on Canadian MMA Champion David “The Crow” Loiseau at UFC 58: USA vs. CANADA taking placeliveat the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 4.

Rich “Ace” Franklin, fighting out of Cincinnati, OH, is an extremely well-rounded fighter possessing great striking and submission skills. Franklin fought most of his career as a light heavyweight before moving to the middleweight division. At UFC 53, he knocked out UFC champion Evan Tanner to capture the middleweight crown. He made his first title defense against Nate Quarry at UFC 56, winning by first round KO and is now ready to face Canadian David Loiseau.

David “The Crow” Loiseau (14-4-0) is fighting out of Montreal, Canada. Known for his excellent striking ability and for having some of the most dangerous elbows in the sport, Loiseau has stopped Mark Wier, Gideon Ray, Charles McCarthy and Evan Tanner in UFC competitions. He’s established himself as a top contender by taking out Tanner at Ultimate Fight Night in 2005 and, at the same time has made his fights spectacular with impressive jumping and spinning kicks.

One of the most anticipated matchups of the year will occur when Georges St. Pierre battles “The Prodigy” BJ Penn. St. Pierre (11-1-0) is also a Canadian MMA Champion and is recognized as one of the most talented fighters in the world, while Penn is the most decorated jiu-jitsu athlete in America. St. Pierre is seeking a win against former champion Penn to position himself as the No. 1 welterweight contender. Penn, making his return to the UFC, also has his sights set on reclaiming the welterweight crown. The first non-Brazilian ever to win the world championship at the black belt level, Penn amazed the MMA world with his quick destructions of top lightweight fighters Din Thomas and Caol Uno. He later challenged Matt Hughes for the welterweight crown and won by a first round rear naked choke. Penn will return to the Octagon where he hopes to defeat St. Pierre and show the UFC he is ready to fight Hughes, once again, for the welterweight title.

UFC 58 USA vs Canada – Complete Card

  • Rich Franklin vs David Loiseau
  • Georges St-Pierre vs BJ Penn
  • John Alessio vs Diego Sanchez
  • Joe Doerksen vs Nathan Marquardt
  • Steve Vigneault vs Mike Swick
  • Mark Hominick vs Yves Edwards
  • Sam Stout vs Kenny Florian
  • Rob MacDonald vs Jason Lambert
  • Christophe Midoux vs Tom Murphy

Georges St-Pierre
Georges St-Pierre

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