So the UFC returns to Brazil! As per usual, we see a card stacked with “home” fighters and obviously Brazil’s “Golden Boy” after Anderson Silva was dethroned (although I believe that will be short lived): Jose Aldo. With fairly short notice, “The Korean Zombie” Jung Chan-Sung steps in to take on the responsibility as the title contender. JCS is a legit fighter. With 3 wins in a row, including a KO win against Mark Hominick and an amazing submission win against against Garcia (the only fighter in the UFC to win by a “Twister”). Now, does he have a chance against Jose Aldo? My prediction? No. JCS is very talented and a top tier 145-pounder. However, he is not in the league of Jose Aldo, in my honest opinion. However, I do believe Aldo will play it safe and try to keep the fight standing. JCS can take a punch and I believe the fight will go the full 25 minutes – unanimous Jose Aldo
Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida steps back into the Octagon against Phil Davis. “Mr Wonderful” Davis managed to quiet the Brazilian fans last time he fought in Brazil, against Wagner Prado and will be looking to do the same this time. However, I don’t think it will go his way this time. I’ve been training with Machida and I see what he does to people in training. In addition, Machida seems to be comfortable fighting wrestlers and his own wrestling is very underrated. Machida’s footwork is too good; he’s too accurate; and he’s too fast for Davis. Moreover, Davis did not look comfortable striking with Rashad Evans and I think we will see more of that in this fight. 2nd round KO, Machida.
Vinny Magalhaes welcomes Anthony Perosh back, after a year’s absence from the cage. His last fight didn’t go well, with a 7 second, first round KO loss against Ryan Jimmo. I think this fight suits Vinny very well, since Perosh has most of his wins coming via submission. Vinny Magalhaes is one of the best BJJ practitioners in the UFC in my opinion and even holds a ADCC win over fellow MMA Elite fighter Fabricio Werdum, who I believe is the best BJJ practitioner in the UFC. Yes, I said it – I think he’s better than Frank Mir, although Mir has broken more arms. In addition, Vinny has worked a lot on his stand up and can hold is own on his feet as well. TKO, 2rd round, Magalhaes.
That’s it! And oh, Ian McCall will win a decision against Iliarde Santos. He just has to watch out for the powerhouse of a Brazilian’s punching power in the first round.