UFC Adds to Their UFC 199 Card Set for June 4th
The UFC 199 card just got a little more interesting. The main events, featuring a rematch between middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and former champion Chris Weidman, and a trilogy fight between bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, are going to be the main focus on June 4th.
The matches that have been announced for the undercard will be bringing plenty of interest as well. Earlier in the week, UFC 199 added two huge matches that can impact the featherweight division.
UFC legend B.J.Penn will be facing off against veteran Dennis Siver in a featherweight bout. Another featherweight match was scheduled on Wednesday as well, with Brian Ortega facing Clay Guida.
BJ Penn’s Return Coming on UFC 199 Card
Penn will be making his return from retirement, something that was planned for UFC 197. Unfortunately, that never materialized. He will be returning to the octagon after an almost 2 year hiatus, losing his last three fights before his retirement. The last time Penn got a victory in the UFC was almost six years ago against Matt Hughes.
The Hawaiian fighter is going about this fight differently then he has in the past. In the past, Penn would train on his own, causing people to question his motivation towards training. This time around, Penn is training with Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jackson is regarded as one of the best MMA coaches around, training the likes of Jon Jones and Carlos Condit.
When talking about staying in Albuquerque to train Penn had this to say:
“There’s no way I’m going to train anywhere else if I’m going to step in the ring. I’m here the whole way.”
It also looks like the former lightweight champion is trying to expand his skills. At 37 years old, it looks like Penn wants to take a different approach in the cage. They’re really trying to evolve me and take me to a new level,” said Penn. “Everybody’s got a pretty good idea of what B.J. Penn is coming with. I think they’re really trying to expand my arsenal.
A B.J. Penn that looks motivated, hungry, and one that has expanded skills will be a tough out for anyone.
His Oppenent: Dennis Siver
Siver is entering the end of his lengthy UFC career. Much like Penn, he has not had much success over the last three years. In his last five fights, Siver has one win. With three losses and one no-contest, it seems like Siver will be looking to get back on track before his career is over.
His notable fight recently was against now-featherweight champion Conor Mcgregor, a fight that he looked lost in. Siver was able to get passed the first round, but Mcgregor was able to take care of him in the second. Siver lost that fight due to TKO.
Ortega Vs. Guida
The second fight that the UFC announced will be up-and-comer Brian Ortega vs. Clay Guida. Ortega has only had three fights in the UFC, with the 25 year old winning all of them. His debut fight was overturned into a no contest though. He looks to be a future contender in the featherweight division and will be looking to continue his professional record undiminished.
Guida is a veteran, fighting in the UFC for the last ten years. In his recent fights, Guida cannot seem to gather a win streak. If you take a look at his record, the wins and losses just keep going back and forth. His most recent fight against Thiago Tavares ended in him submitting just 39 seconds into the fight.
UFC 199 will be a spectacle due to the fact that two titles will be on the line towards the top of the card. The fights before that though, including the two mentioned above, will bring plenty of interest to those watching live and those tuning in to the UFC 199 card.
To watch the return of B.J. Penn, or to see if Brian Ortega can continue his strong showing in the UFC, tune in June 4th for the UFC 199 card.