To say the UFC has come on long way over the past 99 PPV's (pay per view) would be an understatement.
From the no-holds-barred events of UFC 1 to the now infamous Greasegate fallout from UFC 94, you can now say the UFC isnt going anywhere any time soon.
With these thoughts in mind and the eagerness from my perspective to see how one of the best cards in recent MMA history pans out, I took it upon myself to write my first blog with very insightful and fair analysis. So LET'S GET IT ON :
Dan Hederson vs Michael Bisping
Henderson and Bisping being opposing coaches on TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) didn't really bring as much added drama/excitement to this fight as the UFC wanted.
Nonetheless, this fight should be a war pending the will of the two fighters.
If Bisping comes out and uses his striking to avoid Henderson's excellent takedown skills, he will fare much better than having to rely on fighting off his back or even having to rely on his underrated BJJ (Brazilian Ju Jitsu).
If Henderson can succeed with the takedown early and often and can use it to his advantage once they are on the ground Bisping could be in for a long bloody night.
In the end, I feel that Bisping's reach and all-around better stand up game will lead him to the victory with a second round TKO.
What to watch for in this fight: Bisping's stand up and knees; Henderson's Olympic grade wrestling
Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago
Fitch coming off his five-round war with GSP (Georges St. Pierre) and win over Gono should be hungry to get back in title contention with a win over the undefeated Brazilian Thiago.
Thiago, a BJJ stud, will be looking to put Fitch's guard to the test if he can get Fitch to the ground. Fitch would be wise to try to keep this fight standing as much as possible and if the fight makes it to the ground, Fitch needs to watch for the slick submissions of Thiago.
I say that Paulo Thiago will take this fight by rear naked choke in the third round.
What to watch for in this fight: Thiago's brilliant BJJ; Fitch's toughness, nearly impassible guard, and his great stand up
Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves
I have never been a real fan of GSP, but the impressive showing against BJ Penn in his second-round demolishing that had Penns' corner throwing the towel in made a huge impression on me.
Alves, on the other hand, is one of the most explosive and exciting young fighters in the UFC. GSP's wrestling is top notch: a perfect clash of styles with Alves' BJJ and deadly knees.
Speaking of Alves' knees, four of his last six wins came due to knees. GSP showed that his wrestling can overcome great BJJ as illustrated perfectly against BJ Penn.
Alves knees will become a problem in the later rounds when GSP starts shooting for the takedown.
Alves will take this war with a five-round decision but neither fighter will come out looking like a winner.
What to watch for in this fight : Alves' knees; GSP's wrestling and pinpoint striking
The much-awaited clash between these two larger than life competitors should be everything this fight is billed to be and more.
When I say larger than life in terms of Brock Lesnar, I truly do mean it. Let us not forget that he is the first man to ever need the UFC to make new gloves to fit his hand. Coming in at a whopping 4 XL!!
With the lunch pails at the end of those tree trunks he calls arms, Brock Lesnar is a force to be reckoned with.
I have never seen a big man move so fast. While he was trying out for the Minnesota Vikings, he was said to have run a 4.7 40-yard dash.
Frank Mir, on the other hand, has battled larger-than-life demons to bring him back to the prominence he once was crowned with before his motorcycle accident and subsequent alcohol and pill dependency.
With all that in the past now, Frank Mir has taken the weaker points of his game and made them a integral part of his all-around game now. Mir being the only man to ever stop Noguiera by TKO showed that his boxing has gone to a new level.
With all that said, this fight will not be anything like the first meeting between these two giants. Lesnar would be smart to stay out and pick his shots.
Mir, on the other hand, should try to push the fight and force Lesnar to make another mistake.
In the end, I think that Mir will once again defeat Lesnar, but this time with his hands in the fourth round.
What to watch for in this fight: Mir's great BJJ and hands' Lesnar's lunchbox hands, All-American wrestling and chip on his shoulder from the last fight.