UFC on FOX 2 is just a day away and fight fans are gearing up for what is sure to be a night of action-packed fights and pure entertainment.
The fact that this event is free on prime-time television is unbelievable considering some of the matchups that will be featured in Saturday's main card and prelims.
Among those scheduled fights there are four very intriguing matchups that no fan should miss.
Without question the most anticipated matchup on Saturday night is in the main event, with undefeated Phil Davis taking on former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans for a potential shot at title-holder Jon Jones.
Both Davis and Evans are widely considered two of the top wrestlers in the division which makes this fight a battle of strength and will. At 5-0 in the UFC, Davis has been on a tear running through some of the division's top contenders in Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, and most recently Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Evans, on the other hand, hasn't been healthy enough to enjoy that same type of success. Knee and thumb injuries have kept him out of the octagon since his fight against Tito Ortiz last August.
Initially this fight was supposed to take place in August at UFC 133 but injuries on the part of both fighters caused the five month delay. So, it's no secret that this fight has been a long-time coming and both fighters have been chomping at the bit to get things underway. Neither man was hesitant to discuss their wrestling credentials at a heated pre-fight press conference.
Michael Bisping (left) connects against Jorge Rivera
Just before Phil Davis and Rashad Evans battle it out in the main event, fans will be treated to another matchup of title shot hopefuls in Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping. This fight alone could easily be featured as the headliner in a pay-per-view event, so, fans should consider this somewhat of bonus courtesy of UFC president Dana White and his matchmaker extraordinaire Joe Silva.
Sonnen's trash talk and attitude towards middleweight champion Anderson Silva has quickly turned him into one of the UFC's most talked about fighters. Not only does Sonnen have a way with words but his performance in the cage fully backs them up.
Sonnen has some of the most brutal ground and pound skills in the UFC, and every time he enters the octagon it's a dogfight. Love or hate him, Sonnen makes fights exciting for the fans.
But don't be so quick to count out Bisping just yet. He is riding a four-fight win streak and has been impressive with finishes of Jorge Rivera and Jason Miller. The Brit has been in his fair share of dogfights as well and is no slouch in the wrestling game either. Look for this fight to be an all-out war to the end.
Originally scheduled to fight Michael Bisping for this event, Demian Maia finds himself taking on a relative newcomer to the UFC in Chris Weidman.
Maia is a submission specialist and is highly regarded as one of the best grapplers in the sport. Having the opportunity to watch this guy fight shouldn't be wasted, as he has some of the most technical Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the UFC.
The submissions this guy is able to pull off are jaw-dropping. Maia's striking has improved but it's still a weakness in his game-plan, and has been a downfall in some of his losses.
Weidman is also a grappler but is a little more rounded in wrestling and striking. Weidman should look to keep this fight standing and force Maia out of his element. Should this fight go to the ground though be sure to keep an eye on Maia's prowess in the submission game.
If you blink you might miss a potential finish in this one.
UFC heavyweight Mike Russow
The United Center in Chicago, IL will be rocking when Chicago native Mike Russow enters the cage to take on the freakishly huge John-Olav Einemo.
In all three of his UFC fights Russow was labeled the underdog but surprisingly, managed to pull off upset victories against his opponents. Russow's most memorable victory came at the expense of Todd Duffee.
For three straight rounds Russow was battered and bloodied by the more physically imposing Duffee but late in the third round the Chicago native connected with a straight right hand that put Duffee to sleep, and absolutely stunned the crowd.
Russow will need a whole lot more of that magic when he attempts to hold his own against a 6'6 250 pound Viking in Einemo.
The Norwegian was unable to come out on top in his first UFC appearance but showed potential in his fight against Dave Herman. While Einemo is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu he doesn't mind letting those big fists go. Heavyweights usually make for big fights and big knockouts. Don't miss out on this one.