Honestly I am not too familiar with many of the Brazilians fighters on this card (I am sure many others feel the same way) but this just means this is the perfect medium for these fighters to showcase their skills to the world.
Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes
Jose Aldo by Knockout in the Third
Some may point to the Mark Hominick fight and say that a stronger wrestler would have won that fight. I am not so sure. I really believe that Aldo was just having an off night. It happens to all of us. Chad Mendes is perhaps one of the top wrestlers in the division so I guess it put that theory to the ultimate test. Aldo obviously has the advantage in the striking department but he better work on his takedown defense. Even if it does go to the ground though, Jose Aldo has great BJJ that he rarely gets to showcase.
Vitor Belfort vs Anthony Johnson
Vitor Belfort by Knockout in the First
Anthony Johnson seems to have all the tools but he can’t seem to string a bunch of wins together to really be considered a contender at any point of his career. He is making his middleweight debut here which should help since he cuts a ton of weight to make it to the welterweight. But man Belfort is tough first fight. He may be slowing down a bit but he is still very dangerous, knocking out Akiyama in his last fight. I say Belfort gets the edge here.
Rousimar Palhares vs Mike Massenzio
Rousimar Palhares by Submission in the First
I hate to say this but this seems like a gimme fight for Rousimar Palhares. Mike Massenzio struggles against the low end of the UFC middleweight division while Palhares stagnates somewhere in the middle. Perhaps this is a great opportunity for Palhares to pull out one of his signature leg locks. Palhares is not getting any younger so he really needs to start building up momentum in his career to realize his full potential.
Erick Silva vs Carlo Prater
Erick Silva by Submission in the Second
Silva and Prater both don’t ring a bell but with a quick Google research, it seems that Prater is a somewhat a journeyman while Silva is the young up and comer which makes this a must win for him.
Edson Barboza vs Terry Etim
Edson Barboza by Judges’ Decision
I don’t think Terry Etim is the man to ruin Edson Barboza perfect record. This could be a really good fight.