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

It’s Evans versus Nogueira in February

UFC has a perfect Super Bowl weekend offering for MMA fans. It’s going to be a light heavyweight fight between Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira which will be held on February 2, 2013.

The news of the matchup was first released by the Brazilian outlet Globo; it has been mentioned that verbal agreements were possibly set to plan for the much awaited bout however UFC has not yet released official comments yet regarding the contest as well as the event. This fight will surely be the most recent iteration of the promotion’s much awaited traditional show which is held every eve of NFL Super Bowl.

Rashad “Suga” Evans is a 33 year old fighter from Niagara Falls, New York, USA. He currently has an impressive report card of 17 wins, 2 losses and only one draw. His latest fight was a loss via unanimous decision against Jon Jones at the latest UFC 145 – “Jones versus Evans” in April 2012. Before he lost to Jones, Evans had 4 consecutive wins against superb fighters like Phil Davis, Tito Ortiz, Quinton Jackson and Thiago Silva. He also lost against Lyoto Machida in May 2009 at UFC 98 via knock out.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira or the “Minotoro” is a 36 year old fighter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This fighter has 20 wins and only 5 losses in his professional MMA career. His last win was against Tito Ortiz at the UFC 140 “Jones versus Machida” in December 2011 via technical knockout in just three minutes and 15 seconds of round 1. Before his win over Ortiz, Minotoro suffered a back to back loss from Ryan Bader and Phil Davis respectively> Over the course of his professional career, he has fought and was victorious over great fighters like Jason Brilz, Luiz Cane, Dion Starling, Vladimir Matyushenko and Todd Gouwenberg to name a few.

The fight between Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will be a fight to remember especially when it will be shown eve of NFL Super Bowl. UFC and MMA fans will surely be waiting for official UFC announcements regarding the said fight. For now, the two fighters will surely be undergoing more training and heavy practice so they will be able to come up with a fight worthy enough for fans to watch this year. Announcements will surely be released once we enter the New Year.