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Previewing UFC 87: Seek and Destroy


Roger Huerta. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Just two weekends after Anderson Silva destroyed James Irvin on cable television, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns with it’s latest offering: UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which is headlined by Georges St. Pierre defending his UFC welterweight title against gritty top contender Jon Fitch, who will be challenging Royce Gracie’s age-old record for consecutive wins.

The UFC didn’t come alone on it’s first trip to the state of Minnesota - hometown products Roger Huerta and Brock Lesnar have come to participate in the biggest fights of their respective careers. Huerta will challenge Kenny Florian for the assumed right to take on UFC lightweight champ B.J. Penn while Lesnar will look to bounce back from an embarrassing first defeat against experienced veteran Heath Herring.

Here’s a little breakdown of what you can expect and what you should watch for during tonight’s event. The televised main card will air on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET. MMA on Tap will have complete play-by-play coverage of the event starting at 8 PM ET, so be sure to check back here throughout the night.

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UFC 87: Seek and Destroy Weigh-In Results


Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are below. The show’s televised main card will air on pay-per-view starting at 10 PM ET. All fighters successfully made weight.

Main Card:

Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. Jon Fitch (170 lbs lbs)
Heath Herring (250 lbs) vs. Brock Lesnar (265 lbs)
Kenny Florian (155 lbs) vs. Roger Huerta (155 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Demian Maia (185 lbs)
Rob Emerson (155 lbs) vs. Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:
Cheick Kongo (235 lbs) vs. Dan Evensen (244 lbs)
Luke Cummo (167 lbs) vs. Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)
Andre Gusmao (205 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (205 lbs)
Chris Wilson (170 lbs) vs. Steve Bruno (170 lbs)
Ben Saunders (170 lbs) vs. Ryan Thomas (170 lbs)

UFC 87 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video

Here’s video from yesterday’s pre-fight press conference for UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, courtesy of ESPN. Georges St. Pierre and Jon Fitch discuss their UFC welterweight title bout in the above video. Clips featuring Brock Lesnar, Heath Herring, Kenny Florian, and Roger Huerta are after the jump.

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Huerta Wants to Solidify Title Shot

In the above video courtesy of ESPN, lightweight standout Roger Huerta looks to remain undefeated in the UFC when he meets fellow top contender Kenny Florian at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy this Saturday night. Among the things Huerta also touches on are his will to win, how he wants to knock Florian out, and why he believes a win this weekend should solidify a lightweight title shot against B.J. Penn for him.

Countdown to UFC 87 Airs Tonight

“Countdown to UFC 87”, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s usual event preview show, will premiere tonight at 11 PM ET on Spike TV. You can check out a preview of the episode here. The show will focus on the three biggest main card fights that will take place this Saturday night: Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch, Roger Huerta vs. Kenny Florian, and Heath Herring vs. Brock Lesnar. Interviews and video of all fighters training in their respective hometowns are expected to be shown.

Dana White Previews UFC 87

Here’s something a little different. UFC President Dana White has decided to keep a video blog of his doings in this week leading up to Saturday night’s UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the above video, White discusses what he plans to do with the videos and previews the three big fights on UFC 87’s main card: Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring, Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta, and Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch.

MMA Live Episode Ten

From ESPN, here’s this week’s installment of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Kenny Florian and Franklin McNeil.

MMA Live Episode Nine

From ESPN, here’s this week’s installment of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Kenny Florian and Franklin McNeil.

MMA Live Episode Eight

From ESPN, the full show of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Kenny Florian and Franklin McNeil. Some of this week’s topics include: UFC, Frank Mir, BJ Penn, Rampage Jackson, Fedor Emelianenko, Elite XC, Kimbo Slice, WEC and more.

MMA for Dummies Videos

ESPN.com now has six MMA for Dummies videos online.  Bas Rutten, Brad Blackburn and Kenny Florian each instruct in two of the clips.

Here’s Bas Rutten explaining how to pull off ‘The Exorcist’

For the other five, you can see them all here after the jump, or each individually on ESPN.com, which I’ll link to first:

Muay Thai Clinch
Ground & Pound Guard Pass
Staying On Your Feet
Arm Triangle Choke
Bas Rutten’s Neck Crank

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