UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar and Alistair Overeem returns!

On Saturday February 2nd, the Mandalay Bay Events Center will host UFC 156. This event will not only showcase the highly anticipated match-up between current Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo  and Frankie Edgar, but it will also have the return of Alistair Overeem.

Flyweights Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall will square off first on the main card. Both of these gentlemen are coming off losses to current champion Demetrious Johnson, however both of them proved to be very worthy opponents. I think it’s safe to say that the winner of this match will solidify themselves as the number one contender. Jon Fitch will take on Demian Maia in a welterweight match. Fitch has virtually beat everyone who is someone in the welters excluding GSP, and Demian Maia is 2-0 as a welter and has looked very impressive in his new class.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will face the strong challenge of fighting Alistair Overeem who will be returning to action following a suspension he received resulting from a failed drug test last April. Overeem made his UFC debut defeating former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar by TKO in 2:26 of the first round. The victory earned him a Heavyweight Title shot against champion Junior Dos Santos.

However  Overeem was revealed to have failed his pre-fight drug test by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Overeem had a 14-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, over the allowed ratio rate of 6-to-1, and this is what led to his suspension. Most expect him to be on fire trying to once again earn himself a title shot.

Rashad Evans will battle Antônio Rogério Nogueira in a light-heavyweight match. This could prove to be rewarding for Nog if he were to catch a win. In contrast, I think Evans has to get a win, a loss could prove devastating to him working his way towards a title shot. Finally in the main event we have Jose Aldo squaring up against Frankie Edgar. This will be entertaining from beginning to end, with both fighters having great tanks and tremendous heart. Look for fireworks in this championship bout. As for a winner, flip a coin

Fight Highlights: Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin

Fight Highlights: Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin Last July 7, Friday at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Area, UFC 148 was held between UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin, former UFC light heavyweight champion. As the final part of their trilogy, they made a good exhibition on their ‘Fight of the Night.’

Thrilling Fight on Round 1

During the Round 1, Griffin started the fight with a head kick then used his right hand to circle straight on Ortiz. Griffin tries some decent strikes on Ortiz by attempting to work his front kick. However, Ortiz manages to shoot in and take him down. Even though this happens, Griffin stands up and gets off Ortiz by taking him down with a combo. He guards more of Ortiz’s nabs but the latter makes his moves by ensuring with slow fight exchanges. Ortiz grabs Griffin and shoves him on the side of arena. Ortiz tries lunging hook but misses on Griffin. The latter seeks vengeance with is superman punch. The first round is finished with one more attempt from Ortiz. Fighting Scores were 10-9 in favor of Ortiz.

Filling It All Up on Round 2

Ortiz manages his fighting grip but his opponent quickly gets his position fast. A couple more tags from Ortiz but Griffin stays and stands. He snaps Ortiz’s head with a right jab. Hard Ortiz stands up but lands up a front kick from Griffin. More hammerfists are blown by Griffin even Ortiz tries to attempt. Fight is favorable on Griffin with 10-9.

Summing the Odds on Round 3

Ortiz tries to defend himself with punch combos and low kicks from Griffin. A left hook made Ortiz lucky for some time but is continuously guarded by Griffin. He thinks of the fence to turn down Ortiz. They both fire off with different combinations. Ortiz earns the odds and raises his hands at the end. In favor of Ortiz, 10-9 but Griffin defeated Ortiz through unanimous decision.

Vera Versus Shogun: Are We Going to See the Biggest UFC Fight?

Vera Versus Shogun: Are We Going to See the Biggest UFC Fight?Thinking about his fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Brandon Vera is not very much pleased. He was chosen by Shogun as an opponent. However, most fans came into thinking that this happened because Vera was an easier opponent. Shogun did not choose Glover Teixeira after Thiago Silva injured Teixeira from the UFC 149 fight. This has threatened Shogun’s career after his supposed fight with Teixeira was aired. Hence, he chose Vera as he would be a valuable opponent for his UFC career.

This only means, for most UFC fans, that Vera was chosen because he is easier to beat than Teixeira. During his last octagon debut, Teixeira won over Kyle Kingsbury. Moreover, Brandon Vera is in the business that long to make that certain connection. He went from heavyweight to light heavyweight that endangered his reputation to most UFC fans.

Vera thinks that he has the deal in this fight and he doesn’t care whatever the reason for Shogun to choose him. He also added that fighting with Shogun is a good deal. He’s been waiting for this fight after seeing Shogun’s victory over other opponents in UFC. Nonetheless, there is an imminent threat to his reputation especially with him getting the good performance. Vera is anticipating this fight and has never felt this excitement since he fought with Couture that resulted to loss. The event will be televised on Fox 4 in August 4 in Los Angeles Staples Center.

Shogun, on the other hand, was considered a legacy in the making. Fighting Henderson was surely a hit even though Henderson won the UFC 139. Shogun was also defeated by Griffin and Machida.

Even with all the odds and reasons behind these two fighters, nothing could compare to the excitement that most UFC fans are feeling right now. These two MMA fighters will surely give their best on the big stage.