UFC 156 Preview and Analysis

UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar Super Fight

2/2/13 in MMA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be presenting its second blockbuster fight card in as many weeks, this Saturday with their annual Super Bowl weekend event—UFC 156. The pay-per-view card will feature four stellar bouts which are all expected to have a reverberating impact on their respective divisions. The main-event will feature a legitimate super fight as former lightweight champ Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar will move down in weight to face pound-for-pound mainstay and featherweight champion, Jose ‘Scare-Face’ Aldo.
 
The bout, which has been a dream matchup for MMA fans for the last few years, is expected to be a lights-outs battle between two of the best fighters in the UFC. So, before we get wrapped up in the drama of Sunday’s game featuring two brothers coaching against each other, let’s take a look at this weekends fight card with predictions and analysis.
 

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Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will fight for the featherweight title in the main-event of UFC 156

 
Jose Aldo (-208) vs. Frankie Edgar (+168):
 
This fight may not carry the cache that it could have had, if it would have taken place as a champion versus champion bout a few years ago, but, it is still a fantastic matchup between two of the UFC’s top 10 pound-for-pound fighters.
 
Aldo may be the favorite in this fight, but the matchup will hinge on Frankie Edgars’ ability to control the pace and implement his wrestling and seemingly endless cardio. Aldo has gassed in fights before, and is coming off a year long lay off, so everything points to Edgar having the advantage in multiple areas. Expect this fight be a spectacular five-round affair no matter who ends up leaving the octagon with a victory.
 
Prediction: Frankie Edgar becomes the new featherweight champion via a close five-round decision.
 

 
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Rashad Evans and Rogerio Nogueira face-off at the weight-ins before their bout on Saturday
 

Rashad Evan (-486) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+361):
 
There has been talk that if Rashad Evans is able to come away from his fight against Rogerio ‘lil Nog’ Nogueira with a victory, he will get the next shot at Anderson Silva. UFC president Dana White even went to far as to say that if Evans wins on Saturday and can make the 185lb weight limit, that he would be next in line to face ‘The Spider’.
 
Rogerio Nogueira is an MMA legend and has many out-of-this-world fights on his resume, but, the truth is, he is long past his prime. Evans is an elite light heavyweight, and is better at almost every aspect of the fight game. Expect this to be a one-sided fight.
 
Prediction: Evans via third-round KO.


 
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Alistair Overeem makes his return to the heavyweight division after a nine-month suspension
 
 
Alistair Overeem (-377) vs. Antonio Silva (+277):
 
Alistair Overeem will be making his return to the octagon after being suspended for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs nine months ago. The ‘demolition man’ will be looking for a dominant knockout victory of ‘Big Foot’ Silva in order to regain the title shot that was stripped from him.
 
Expect this fight to showcase Overeem’s brutal striking skills, as he and Silva trade punches early in the first round. ‘Big foot’ is a very good heavyweight with size and power, but, unfortunately, he has run into the wrong opponent this Saturday in Las Vegas.
 
Prediction: Overeem via first round KO.
 
 
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John Fitch and Damiam Maia face-off at the weigh-ins prior to UFC 156 on Saturday



John Fitch (-217) vs. Damian Maia (+167):
 
This matchup may be the second most exciting fight on the entire card—right behind the Aldo versus Edgar main-event. Fitch and Maia are both upper level welterweights and may be the second and third best guys in the division. The intriguing element of this matchup is that both fighters’ strengths are on the ground. Fitch is an outstanding wrestler who excels at top control and grinding down his opponents. Maia is, perhaps, the best jiu-jitsu practitioners in the UFC and excels at top control and grinding down his opponents with his bjj.
 
This fight will hinge on who can impose their game-plan without making any mistakes. If Fitch takes Maia to the grind but then makes a critical mistake, he just might get tapped. And if Maia has Fitch in a compromising position and loses positioning and control, then Fitch is just the guy to take advantage of that and lay on some brutal ground and pound.
 
Prediction: Expect an exciting three-round battle that end with a decision victory for Fitch.
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2/2/13   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
Fitch is more likely to take a nap on his opponent than display great ground and pound. In most of his fights, I feel there should be more times where the ref steps in and stands the fighters up. I have never considered Fitch to be exciting. 

You didn't like his last fight against Silva? I think he gets a bad rep a lot of the times.... He smashed Silva pretty good in the last round. But, I agree he can be boring at times, but overall I like his style.

2/2/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Fitch is more likely to take a nap on his opponent than display great ground and pound. In most of his fights, I feel there should be more times where the ref steps in and stands the fighters up. I have never considered Fitch to be exciting.