The graphic designers at Zuffa must have been unhappy with their original design, as they have made a new poster for UFC 128, and it’s pretty nice. The event, which is set for March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, is headlined by a light-heavyweight championship bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua making his first defense against Rashad Evans. The new poster features the pair in the center, with Shogun up front and Rashad sneaking up behind him. Floating above their heads is Urijah Faber staring hard at Eddie Wineland, both of whom are making their UFC debut after the WEC merger.
I like the dynamics of this poster, especially compared to the very flat design of their original poster. We have a nice diagonal line cutting the verticality of the fighters and the limited red and silver palette is striking and bold behind the black background. My only problem is that black background, which is just a lump of dead space that I feel could have been filled with some low-opacity action shots, or anything really to make it look less unfinished. Otherwise, a big improvement and as long as I can get into the show, I will probably buy a program with that image on the front.
As for the card, the entire show has been finalized now, with Ricardo Almeida at last booked to take on Mike Pyle. Also joining the undercard is Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland and Luiz Cane vs. Karlos Vemola. Overall, a good mix of talent for the UFC’s return to Jersey and I look forward to seeing Urijah in the octagon, as well as the many East Coast natives competing.
UPDATE: So, I made a big boo-boo and posted this like it was an actual poster when it turns out, it isn’t. I first saw it on the 5th Round site, who has also now corrected themselves of this mistake. I stand by my post, it’s still a way better poster than what Zuffa is giving us.
Dan Miller vs. Nick Catone
Manny Gamburyan vs. Raphael Assuncao
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani
Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
Luiz Cane vs. Karlos Vemola
Bredan Schaub vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Nate Marquardt
Kamal Shalorus vs. Jim Miller
Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
Rashad Evans vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)