By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
The Twitter-crazy UFC president tweeted his thoughts mere minutes after the official UFC 119 pre-fight press conference, which was held earlier today in Indianapolis, Indiana (a UFC first).
When UFC fan Steve Soper tweeted White with: “Guillard v Stephens will be haymakers galore. Somebody is getting knocked out that's for sure,” the UFC head honcho simply replied, “that's my prediction for fight of the night.”
Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens is currently slated as the UFC 119 pay-per view opener, a slot usually reserved for fights that UFC matchmakers and officials deem likely to result in hot crowd-pleasing action.
The PPV opener is generally a fight responsible for changing the tone of the show for the live audience, all the while setting the tone for the televised audience joining the event in progress. Both Guillard and Stephens have all of the tools to perform up to those expectations this Saturday night in Indianapolis.
It could be argued that “The Young Assassin” (8-4 in the UFC, 25-8-2 overall) continues to hold a spot on the UFC roster directly as a result of his crowd-pleasing style of fighting. He's explosive, comes looking to finish at all times and basically fights like a wild animal.
Guillard has yet to secure a “Fight Of The Night” bonus in his UFC career, but did pick up a “Knockout Of The Night” award for his devastating 36-second TKO victory over Dennis Siver at UFC 86 back in July of 2008.
The UFC lightweight contender known as “Lil' Heathen” is no stranger to additional paychecks from the UFC for earning “Knockout Of The Night” honors for his work inside the octagon either. Stephens (5-4 in the UFC, 17-5 overall) has earned the award twice. The first came for his KO over Rafael dos Anjos from a vicious uppercut in the third round of their UFC 91 bout in November of 2008. Numero dos came after Stephens TKO'd Justin Buchholz in just over three minutes into the first round of their UFC Fight Night 19 bout in September of 2009.
Stephens picked up a “Fight Of The Night” honor in his last octagon appearance, which resulted in the “Lil' Heathen” winning a tough split decision over the highly regarded Sam Stout at UFC 113 this past May.
Can Guillard add a “Fight Of The Night” award to go along with his lone “Knockout Of The Night” honor? Can Stephens move to double-double status in the UFC post-show bonus history books? The UFC's top dog thinks so, but MMANEWS.COM wants to know what YOU think.
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UFC 119 emanates from the Conseco Fieldhouse for the company's Indianapolis, Indiana debut live event this Saturday, September 25. The event will be televised via pay-per view, with two live preliminary fights as a lead-in on Spike TV. The Spike fights will showcase Matt Mitrione vs. Joey Beltran and C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen. The PPV line-up will be headlined by MMA heavyweight legends Frank Mir and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, with a semi-main event of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader. In addition to the aforementioned Guillard-Stephens showdown, the UFC 119 PPV undercard will be rounded out with a TUF 4 finale rematch between Matt Serra and Chris Lytle, as well as an important lightweight showcase between top ranked contenders Sean Sherk and Evan Dunham.
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