By this time next week, we all will have witnessed the most hyped mixed martial arts event in the sport’s brief history. Thankfully, UFC 100 will be jumping off inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas this coming Saturday instead of yesterday, because check out what will be at stake.
The award for most highly anticipated preliminary bout goes to light heavyweight youngster Jon Jones for his scrap with Jake O’Brien. Jones holds a perfect 8-0 pro mark, including his utter destruction of Stephan Bonnar in his last outing at UFC 94.
Get real, how many 21-year-olds get the opportunity to showcase their skills on such a monumental stage. Another win this weekend and Jones can very well become the youngest UFC fighter to ever legitimately challenge for the strap.
Speaking of showcasing, it appears that the UFC served Alan Belcher up for the whopping of his life as Japanese sensation Yoshihiro Akiyama is set to make his Octagon debut. Akiyama claims a sensational 12-1 mark and will probably beat Belcher with one arm tied behind his back.
We’ve said this a time or two before about a Japanese import making their UFC debut, haven’t we???
Former welterweight top contender Jon Fitch looks to avenge the loss of his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Josh Koscheck after the controversial fighter got slapped silly by Paulo Thiago at UFC 95 earlier this year.
Both fighters are legit contenders to the 170 pound crown, however Fitch is much closer and looks to prove it in order to earn himself another 5Round affair.
Out with the old and in with the new, passing of the torch, whatever you might want to tag it, the Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson middleweight tussle would easily be the main event on any other UFC event, yet it’s the third headliner in this show.
That’s the best part about this event, the depth justifies the hoopla.
With a win, either fighter could make a claim for being next in the pecking order for champion Anderson Silva’s title, just behind the winner of the Nate Marquardt-Damian Maia bout at UFC 102.
Close fight to call. It could very well be a split decision either way.
Role reversals. It wasn’t too long ago that a 24-year-old Georges St-Pierre found himself in his first title fight against the division’s stud in Matt Hughes. Although he dropped that UFC 50 fight back in 2004, he has gone on to dominate the weight class since.
Now it is GSP’s turn as the division’s top dog to hold off an explosive Thiago Alves for welterweight gold. The French-Canadian’s last scrap against BJ Penn received more media coverage than any other MMA event to date, however that was only due to the box office names attached.
Alves literally presents the biggest threat to his reign. Alves’ sheer strength, striking and sprawl have many MMA enthusiasts believing that there will be a new 170-pound king come next Saturday night.
We could talk all day about this one, and we have. It’s time to fight.
How much has UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar improved since he was humbled in his UFC debut against Frank Mir at UFC 81?
Is he truly “The Next Big Thing” now?
If Mir’s mitts are as sharp and fast as they were against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92, where he captured the interim heavyweight belt, then Lesnar could be in for a long night. Or a short night, for that matter.
Can the former WWE employee get his hands on Mir and drag him to the ground, and keep him there?
If Lesnar dominates Mir, then who’s next? Kimbo? Fedor? Hulk Hogan?
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