This card has the potential to be historical as it is UFC’s grand return to Brazil. As expected the card is full with Brazilians but one noticeable absence is Royce Gracie whose return was heavily rumored.
Anderson Silva vs Yushin Okami
Anderson Silva by Knockout in the Fourth
Sure Okami has been training with Chael Sonnen, the guy who almost beat Anderson Silva. The blueprint to beat Silva is out there but it is still easier said than done. Anderson Silva is one of the greatest fighters even in the sport of MMA, perhaps the GOAT and he just always seem to find ways to win. I think after the Sonnen scare Silva would be nothing but business, no more of playing around (I hope).
Maurício Rua vs Forrest Griffin
Shogun by Judges’ Decision
Yes I am one of those guys who was 100% confident that Jon Bones Jones would beat Shogun Rua but there is no doubt he is very accomplished fighter and it hard to argue against the notion that he is the better fighter between the two in this fight. Still Forrest Griffin is that type of gritty fighter that is always prime for an upset or two. Plus Griffin beat Shogun before and he may still have a size and strength advantage over him. In the end, I feel this is Shogun fight to lose but I wouldn’t be totally shocked if Griffin beat him in his hometown.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Brendan Schaub
Brendan Schaub by Knockout in the Second
Nogueira has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights both by KO/ TKO, all were important fights. It seems that his age and all the fights in Japan has finally caught up to him. At this point, he is that fighter in the division everyone calls out to make a name for himself. This time around that guy is Brendan Schaub. He didn’t win The Utlimate Fighter 10 but honestly he seems to have more of a career that Roy Nelson at this point. Schaub is one of those new school fighters who are very well rounded and I see him trying to keep the fight standing, in which his striking is superior.
Edson Barboza vs Ross Pearson
Edson Barboza by Judges’ Decision
Both fighters are looking to stay afloat in the very crowded lightweight division. Just one loss who put you back some. Just ask Jim Miller. I admit I maybe a bit biased since Barboza’s very entertaining fight against Anthony Njokuani is the freshest in my mind but I think he is the favorite here.
Luiz Cane vs Stanislav Nedkov
Stanislav Nedkov by Knockout in the First
This is Stanislav Nedkov UFC debut so he is somewhat of a mystery, making this fight hard to predict. Making it worst Luiz Cane has been inconsistent as of late. He was TKOed by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Cyrille Diabate but he looked great and he himself TKOed Eliot The Fire Marshall in his last fight. Honestly this is a total guess but my gut feeling gives it to the newcomer and I don’t think this fight would last long.
I got Spencer Fisher, Paulo Thiago, Raphael Assuncao, Rousimar Palhares, no idea between Yuri Alcantara vs Felipe Arantes but lets say Alcantara and Ian Loveland for the prelims.