The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were extremely busy during the offseason. They fired Raheem Morris after he lost total control of his team last season. The Buccaneers lost their final 10-games by an average of 18.5 points.
Tampa Bay hired Greg Schiano as their ninth head coach in franchise history. He was the head coach at the University of Rutgers for the past 11 seasons. He helped turn their program around and Rutgers quickly became one of the better teams in the Big East. Rutgers has competed in seven bowl games in their 140-year history. Schiano coached six of those seven bowl games, and went 5-1 in bowl games.
He was a defensive assistant for the Chicago Bears from 1996-1997. He was named the defensive backs coach for the Bears in 1998, before leaving to take over as the defensive coordinator for The University of Miami in 1999. Miami ranked in the top-15 in total defense during both seasons under Schiano.
SHIELDS vs. HERMAN
This fight has the potential to be a very entertaining grappling match. Both of these guys are two of the better grapplers in the middleweight division. This is going to be a chess match and once someone makes a mistake they will be going for checkmate.
Jake Shields makes his way back to 185-pounds after going 2-2 at welterweight. In Shield's last fight at middleweight he successfully defended his Strikeforce belt by defeating Dan Henderson on April 17, 2010. That was Henderson's last defeat, and now finds himself fighting for the UFC light heavyweight belt against Jon Jones.
Shields has been one of the best fighters in the world, and his grappling is off the charts. He is 27-6-1 in his MMA career, and had a 15-fight win streak come to an end when he lost to welterweight champ, George St. Pierre, on April 30, 2011. Usually when a fighter has a 15-fight win streak it is because of lack of competition.
UFC 150 has the potential to be one of the best cards of the year on August 11 at "The Pepsi Center" in Denver, Colorado.
Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) gets his chance at redemption against the UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (16-2) in the main event.
Two of the most entertaining lightweights, Donald Cerrone (18-4) and Melvin Guillard (30-10-2), go toe-to-toe in the co-main event. The former training partners at Greg Jackson's camp promise to put on a show for the ages.
Jake Shields (27-6-1) makes his return to the middleweight division against Ed Herman (20-8).
Yushin Okami (26-7) takes on Buddy Roberts (12-2) and Justin Lawrence (4-0) will look to keep his record flawless against Max Holloway (5-1) to round up the main card.
Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar will meet for the second time this year. On Feb. 26, they locked horns in an epic five-round war that was one of the best fights of 2012. Dana White made the right move, and gave Frankie Edgar an immediate rematch after he lost a unanimous decision to Henderson.
There are huge title implications on August 4, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for UFC on Fox 4. Brandon Vera and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua are fighting in the main event. Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida square off in the co-main event.
Dana White stated whoever has the most impressive win out of these four guys will get the next title shot in the light heavyweight division.
While, those two fights have huge significance in determining a lot in the 205-pound division, the most intriguing fight is happening in the middleweight division.
Mike "Quick" Swick makes his UFC return after being out for two-and-a-half years. His last fight was a loss to Paulo Thiago at UFC 109 on February 6, 2010.
Swick was diagnosed with dyspepsia, a stomach ailment, in 2007. He continued to fight with this ailment, and dropped down to 170-pounds because he had to cut back on his calorie intake.
Dana White is doing everything possible to make sure another UFC 149 does not occur. That card was one of the worst in UFC history. Four of the five fights on the main card went the distance, with little to no action. This is the first card following the lackluster pay-per-view card that made many UFC fans upset for dishing out $54.99 for the card. (Okay only $44.99 for standard definition, but no one pays for that anymore right?)
The UFC President upped the antes for UFC on Fox 4 on August 4. In the main event Mauricio "Shogun" Rua takes on Brandon Vera in a five-round fight. The co-main event features Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader.
White stated, which ever of these four performs the best on Saturday night, will get the next title shot. Jon "Bones" Jones will try and defend his UFC light heavyweight belt for the fourth consecutive time at UFC 151 vs. Dan Henderson on September 1.