OK, so this weekend is the stacked
UFC126. This card is about the deepest in terms of talent and entertainment potential that we've had in a long time.Main card
Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
-Like Dana said, this is either the most amazing fight of the night, or it's a Brazilian staring competition while he strokes out from rage. Should it actually be on, like the proverbial Donkey Kong, then I want you all to bear something in mind. Vitor last fought in September 2009. AT CATCHWEIGHT. Against Rich Franklin. Before that, he had impressive wins over top tier guys like Matt Lindland, Terry Martin and James Zikic... And wait, we're talking about 2007 now aren't we? Sure Vitor could punch him in the face, but lets not forget one simple thing
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is widely regarded as the best striker to ever fight in MMA. He dodges punches like he's in the Matrix and holding a NES Advantage. In the time it takes you to tell your foot to kick, he's circled behind you and built a bear trap under it. It's suicide to attack him. However, there's one problem with being Anderson Silva: everyone knows that you're Anderson Silva. Everyone who fights him is scared to death to get close. Let's try to attack the problem logically. 1. Anderson Silva is waiting for you to punch him. 2. That guy is Anderson Silva. 3. Don't fucking punch that guy.
Wait. Shit. That just confirms that it's going to be a Brazilian staring competition.
Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Enjoyable shenanigans if nothing else. I pick Rich though. Not sure why. Late 3rd rnd stoppage.
Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
Hey everyone, remember all those times when people questioned Jon Jones' wrestling ability going into matches with other high grade wrestlers? And remember how he just fucking judo-flipped, tripped and lateral dropped them all and then made their faces into a goddamn cubist masterpiece? Why is it that people are suddenly convinced that another high grade wrestler is going to be able to defeat him? BTW - did we mention that Jones' will have a 10" reach advantage over Bader? Rnd 2 KO.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Ellenberger by wrasslin' decision.
Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos
YES! Miguel Torres in the big league. However, it's been a while since the 16 fight win streak and there's still got to be a risk of his forehead falling off again. But I've still got to back him over Banuelos because he's a team-mate. Rnd 2 sub as Banuelos will eventually get sloppy.Preliminary card (Spike TV)
Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly has shown us on many occassions that though he can punch like a mofo, he defends a takedown like a... Yeah. Cerrone by decision.
Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Money has to be on "Money" for the same reason as above. Guys coming to the UFC from Japan have repeatedly shown a lack of serious wrestling chops. And not being used to a cage will make it even worse. Decisioned.Preliminary card (Facebook Stream)
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Demetrious Johnson
Probably the best fight on this card and we get it live on Facebook. Zuffa, this is how you fight the internet, you make it easier to watch than to steal. This will be 15 minutes of goddamn firecracker chainwrestling and boxing combos. I cannot wait to see Mighty Mouse with his hand raised though. BTW Zuffa, you need a flyweight division so we can give Mighty Mouse a belt.Preliminary card
Paul Taylor vs. Gabe Ruediger
I know what you're thinking. Paul Taylor is still on Zuffa's books? Oh wait, you mean you were thinking the same thing about Gabe Ruediger? This undercard is full of loser goes home fights. Given that Ruediger was nothign more than a violence demonstration dummy against Lauzon, I'm not fancying his chances against Taylor.
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Ricardo Romero
Eh. Who cares really.
Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson