UFC 156 has one of the most anticipated fights of the year set as the main event of the evening and many other big names to go along with it. The main event is being called a “Super Fight” and has potential to be a fantastic finish. The main card has five fights scheduled one of them being for the featherweight championship.
The first fight of the night has Joseph Benavidez facing off against Ian McCall in the flyweight division. As we saw this last weekend the flyweights are very fun to watch and they never give you a chance to blink. This is an interesting matchup with McCall having a slight speed advantage over Benavidez but not by much. Benavidez however will have the power advantage with the hands although both have good striking skills. I would have to give the leg kick advantage to Benavidez as well because we all know that the “Alpha Male” crew loves to kick.
The odds for this fight are set at -250 for Benavidez and +210 for McCall. My pick for this fight is Benavidez and I believe it will go to a decision. Even with the knockout power of Benavidez I think McCall is smart enough to stay safe and not get clipped with a big shot. However this fight has the potential for a nice knockout.
The second fight of the night is Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia in the welterweight division. I’m not really interested in this fight in general. Possibly because I don’t consider either of these guys to be a future contender for the belt as it stands now.
I give the advantage in all categories to Fitch but I would say that the best chance Maia has is standing up and catching him with a combination. The odds are set at -190 for Fitch and +165 for Maia. I’m going to have to go with Fitch with a second round TKO stoppage from punches.
The third fight of the night is Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva in the heavyweight division. Many are considering this fight to be for the number one contender spot to face Cain Velasquez. I would say that it if Overeem beats Silva I would give him the next shot but I don’t know about if Silva wins. He might be one more fight away for me.
Like I said earlier in the week I give the advantage in almost everything to Overeem. I think he’s the superior fighter in every aspect and I expect this fight to over quick. The odds are set at -400 for Overeem and +325 for Silva. I predict a first round TKO by Overeem from ground and pound.
The fourth fight of the night is Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Rashad Evans in the light heavyweight division. Honestly I don’t know why this fight is even happening. The only thing I can think of is that they are giving Evans a tune-up fight against an opponent that he should run through.
I have to give the huge advantage to Evans; just like in a lot of these fights this shouldn’t be close. This should be extremely one sided in favor of Evans and I think he should have a relatively easy night. The odds are set at -500 for Evans and +400 for Nogueira. My pick is obviously Evans by a second round knockout.
The main event and last fight of the night is for the featherweight championship. The champion Jose Aldo will be facing the challenger Frankie Edgar. This is a very interesting fight in the fact that Edgar is coming off of two consecutive losses and is going to be fighting in his third consecutive championship fight.
I give the advantage to Aldo in the kicking game and the striking game but the ground game to Edgar by a slim margin. The downfall for Edgar might be his lack of defense, he gets hit a lot and that could cost him against someone as tough as Aldo. The odds are set at -220 for Aldo and +180 for Edgar. I have this fight going the distance mostly because Edgar is so tough but Aldo will win convincingly.