UFC 156: Jose Aldo defeats Frankie Edgar, and Bigfoot Sliva KO’s Overeem!

UFC 156 was a night that all Brazilian MMA fighters should be proud of, it saw all four Brazilians on the main card walking away with victories.

In the only bout that did not feature a Brazilian fighter, Jose Benavidez used his quickness and conditioning to win a decision over Ian McCall in their flyweight match up. Next up was BJJ specialist Demian Maia squaring off against UFC veteran Jon Fitch. From the start of this match Maia dominated, quickly rushing Fitch gaining control, and having Fitch battle to prevent from being submitted or choked out. It was Maia’s third fight as a welter, and he improved to 3-0 in the class, while also proving to everyone that he is a new face to reckoned with at 170lbs.

One of the most anticipated bouts of the night, was Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Most oddmakers had Overeem as the heavy favorite, and many were tuning in to see the Dutch striker waltz through Bigfoot, it proved to be just the opposite. Overeem acted cocky throughout the bout, leaving his hands down and showing no respect for Bigfoots striking ability. In contrast, Bigfoot Silva was more of the aggressor putting together great combinations that eventually led to him scoring a KO of Overeem in round 2. Former Light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans lost a decision to Lil Nog.

Many talked about how great Nog’s hands were, and that they shouldn’t be taken lightly by Evans. Evans danced throughout much of the fight, landing punches that were more like love taps on Lil Nog. In contrast, Nog established his range and used a still jab to keep Evans off balance at times. The judges all saw it going Nog’s way with his significant strikes out weighing Evans. In the Main Event, Aldo put his belt on the line against former Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. Aldo dominated the first two rounds, but Edgar started to turn it on the last two.

When the smoke cleared two judges had it 49-46 Aldo, while one had it 48-47 Aldo. Jose Aldo is quickly becoming one of the world’s best pound for pound MMA fighters.

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

UFC Tonight Exclusive Overeem Interview

This week’s “UFC Tonight” is an exclusive interview with all star fighter Alistair Overeem. Over the weekend, Dana White, UFC President told the press that he met with Junior Dos Santos and the fighter called out for Overeem. Dos Santos described Overeem as a “punk with a big mouth” he also mentions that Dos Santos wanted to knock out Overeem as soon as he possibly can.

Alistair Overeem will be on “UFC Tonight” to answer all these and of course to give fans a piece of his mind on what he thinks about Dos Santos and their much awaited bout, should luck permits them to do so.

Remember that Alistair Overeem was suspended for 9 months because of testing positive for drugs before his scheduled fight against Junior Dos Santos. He will be out of his suspension on December of this year. The “Demolition Man” is just 32 years old and stands at 6’5” at 256 pounds. He is basically the most controversial heavyweight fighter at the MMA with an impressive 36 wins and 11 losses in his name. Overeem has 8 straight wins after a No Contest match against Mirko Filipovic at Dream 6 – Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Final on September 2008. He has defeated so many amazing fighters from Goodridge, Sylvester, Thompson, Fujita, Rogers, Dufee, Werdum and his most recent win was against Brock Lesnar at the UFC 141 on December 2011.

Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos on the other hand is also a prized fighter that has 15 wins and only one loss. He is just 27 years old, stands 6’4” and at 239 pounds. He has a superb 10 straight wins after his only loss against Joaquin Ferreira at the MTL Final on November 2007. His most recent win was against Frank Mir at the UFC 146 last May 26; Dos Santos finished Mir on a headline fight in just 3 minutes and 4 seconds of the second quarter.

These two fighters have been exchanging words since their interrupted fight at the UFC 146. Each one hopes to fight one another on a headliner fight that will surely keep so many fans on their toes. But of course everything happens after Overeem’s suspension is over and that will surely after the year is over. Overeem has been training hard maintaining his form and according to his previous interviews, has never lost his focus on the fight.