Rolling off a tainted victory against Riki Fukuda at UFC 127, Calgary’s Nick Ring gets a chance to show ‘The Promise’ isn’t a lie when he turns out on June 11 at Rogers Arena against 7-1 James Head.
Head will be debuting in the UFC, coming off a decision win over Gerald Harris at Xtreme Fight Night 2 and a TKO win over Bill Albrecht before that.
Ring is 11-0 in the cage, but looked a slow and hesitant on his recent spell in The Ultimate Fighter, and showed nothing different in his surprise decision win over Fukuda – a win that few have tried to defend.
Leave aside the usual ‘ring/head’ innuendo for a moment, as well as the awfulness that is Ring’s chosen nickname (Really? The Promise Ring?), and what this fight is is a chance (perhaps the last chance) for the canuck to prove that he’s his record isn’t made out of tomato cans and bad decisions.
The odd thing about Ring is, as you can see on the YouTube video below, he’s a nasty Muay Thai fighter. He’s also boxed a little. He should be lightning quick and dangerous as all get out on his feet… he just hasn’t been for the last year or two. It’s like he lost his mojo.
Also on the card: A main event title shot elimination bout between TUF coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos, the return of Shane Carwin, Kenny Florian dropping to featherweight, Demian Maia putting the its on the overrated Mark Munoz, and Donald Cerrone getting his spotlight shot against Mac Danzig.
On the Canadian content end of things, Sam Stout goes up against Yves Edwards, Krzysztof Soszynski tackles aussie battler Anthony Perosh, and Jesse ‘Water’ Bongfeldt gets a middleweight opportunity against Chris Weidman after Court McGee had to pull out with injury.
With any luck, actual MMA fans might get a chance to buy a ticket this time around without having to drop $70 on a Fight Club membership or throw down with a scalper.
But probably not.
Tags: Brock Lesnar, Junior Dos Santos, MMA, Nick Ring, Rogers Arena, UFC 131