UFC 142 Fight Card: Jose Aldo and Fighters Sure to Score a Knockout

T.J. Mcaloon@@tjmcaloonContributorJanuary 14, 2012

UFC 142 is highlighted by Jose Aldo fighting in front of his hometown fans of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

With his hometown behind him, and his insane ability to strike, his fight and these other ones are guaranteed to end in a knockout. 

Aldo vs. Mendes

Aldo is looking to become the first person to defeat Chad Mendes, and keep his UFC featherweight championship belt. 

While fighting in his hometown would be enough to get Aldo fired up to end his bout in a knockout, he will not have to rely on that since he's known for his strong ground game.

Aldo has won 12 of his 19 fights with a knockout, and after his fight with Mendes, he can improve it to 13 of 20. 

Aldo is extremely dangerous in his striking ability; he has hit on 49 percent of his attempted strikes, while converting 72 percent of his standing strikes. 

In the main event, Aldo will hold onto his belt after delivering a devastating knockout blow to Mendes. 

Silva vs. Prater

When you think of someone that is known for their striking, you think of Erick Silva.  Silva is another Brazilian fighter who will be fighting with his countrymen cheering him on. 

Silva is on a 10-fight unbeaten streak, knocking out his opponent in three of those fights. 

With Silva’s ability to knock opponents out—like he did against Luis Ramos at UFC Rio—he will end his fight against Carlo Prater early. 

Silva will increase his unbeaten streak to 11, improving his record to 14-1. 

Barboza vs. Etim

Edson Barboza is known for two things in the UFC: his explosion and aggression.  Barboza likes to work fast; five of his nine fights have ended in the first round. 

While Barboza likes to end his fights early, he also likes to end them with a knockout. 

Six of Barboza’s nine victories have ended with Barboza leaving his opponent laying flat on his back looking up at the lights. 

At UFC 142, in his fight against Terry Etim, he will have Etim wondering what happened after Barboza ambushes him and knocks him out. 

Stout vs. Tavares

Sam Stout is one of the best strikers on this card, and highlights the pre-fight card on FX.  Stout has only connected on 30 percent of his total striking attempts.

However, when he's upright, Stout has converted on 84 percent of his strikes. 

Unlike Barboza, who likes to end his fights in the first round, Stout likes to go the distance with his opponents. 

In his last seven fights, Stout has lasted the entire fight before ending in a decision, or in a knockout, like he did in his last fight. 

Stout will put on a great show with Thiago Tavares before the main card, knocking out Tavares in the last round. 

These four fights will make what is already building up to be a great card even better.  Some of these knockouts will be in the first round, while others will be later in the fight.

Either way, they're going to be highlight reel knockouts.