|By PK Mills|
The UFC kicks off Super Bowl weekend with one of the most stacked fight cards in recent memory. Every matchup on the main card promises fireworks, and the undercard should be an evening to remember as well. Let’s take a look at the matchups on the main card:
Joseph Benavidez (16-3) vs. Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall (11-3-1)
This flyweight matchup could be a classic. Benavidez is coming off a five-round split decision loss to UFC champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson at UFC 152 and is looking to get back on track. Uncle Creepy also lost to Mighty Mouse in his most recent fight, a unanimous decision at UFC on FX 3 last summer. Both warriors will be motivated to win and win big to get back in contention for the flyweight title.
Strong Prediction: Uncle Creepy ekes out a split decision over Benavidez in a potential Fight of the Night.
Jon Fitch (27-4-1) vs. Demain Maia (17-4)
Jon Fitch, one of the most dominant welterweights whose name is not Georges St. Pierre, recently came off another clinical performance over rising prospect Erick Silva at UFC 153. Although his knockout loss at UFC 146 to the beast otherwise known as Johnny Hendricks was unfortunate, Fitch’s dismantling of Silva proved that he is still a force to be reckoned with. As for Maia, he seems to have found his true weight class at welterweight. His most recent performance was a devastating choke over the always tough Rick Story. However, submitting Jon Fitch is no easy task. If Maia is unable to use his legendary ground game on Fitch, he could be in for a long night.
Strong Prediction: John Fitch will prove to be too well rounded for the likes of Maia, and will win a unanimous decision.
Alistair Overeem (36-11-1) vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (17-4)
UFC 156 welcomes the return of The Reem, who is chomping at the bit and ready to go after serving a nine month ban for a failed drug test. His potential victim appears in the form of Antonio “BigFoot” Silva, a monster of a heavyweight who moves surprisingly well and is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Silva got back on track with a TKO win over Travis Browne at UFC on FX 5 after suffering a bloody beating by the hands of current UFC champ Cain Velasquez at UFC 146. In Overeem’s last fight over a year ago, he sent former champ Brock Lesnar into retirement with a vicious Thai kick to the body. If the Reem is true to form, this should be a quick one.
Strong Prediction: The Reem wins by 2nd round homicide. A definite Knockout of the Night performance.
“Suga” Rashad Evans (22-2-1) vs. Antonio “Little Nog” Nogueira (20-5)
Rashad Evans, one of the biggest PPV draws for the UFC, is back and looking to return to his winning ways following a disappointing decision loss to current light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones. His next test will not be an easy one by any means. Evans squares off against “Little Nog” Nogueira, who is one of the best boxers in the light heavyweight division and also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. Evans will need to use his superior wrestling and athleticism to neutralize Nogueira and hope to put him away in the later rounds. We’re predicting an epic performance from Evans in this fight.
Strong Prediction: Evans wins by 4th round TKO.
Jose Aldo (21-1) vs. Frankie”The Answer” Edgar (14-3-1)
The main event of this super stacked fight card features two eventual Hall of Fame fighters in Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the UFC featherweight title. Aldo has simply been a wrecking machine during his time in the UFC, racking off three wins including a vicious knockout over Chad Mendes. His next test against The Answer will be the toughest of his career. Aldo is one of the scariest fighters in the UFC, combining devastating striking skills with world class grappling. However, Frankie Edgar is no slouch in the striking department, and his grappling skills are among the best in the division. Edgar also brings an intangible that makes him a threat in any fight: his lion-sized heart. This has all the makings of a Fight of the Year.
Strong Prediction: The Answer wins by unanimous decision and becomes the new featherweight champion of the world.
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