This upcoming weekend is sure to be a weekend of excitement and cheer for UFC and MMA fans. UFC 93 in Dublin will be a fun fest of MMA cheer right after the holiday season, and with the card expected, should be a nice start to a jam packed 2009 MMA year.
While not expected to be an overwhelming fight card, UFC 93 does have some implications as to which fighters are on the rise, and which fighters may be slipping a little past their prime.
Enter showcase fights.
The co-main events of the evening appears to be two fights that follow this pattern and will show whether fighters such as Mark Coleman and Rich Franklin still have enough in the tank to get it done, or if past stars such as Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson climb their way up the ladder.
The point can be made that those two fights are must-win fights for each fighter involved; however, there are three other fights on the card worth watching that may lead to more action and thus more fun.
Also, if you're a betting man (or woman), then you may be interested in the outcomes of these three matches...
Marcus Davis Vs. Chris Lytle
A good betting man knows odds don't mean too much when someone is on the rebound. Davis had a poor outing against fellow castmate Mike Swick, and this fight should be a total 360 turn for him against Lytle, who is also coming off of a devastating defeat at the hands of Josh Koscheck.
Look for Davis to keep it standing and take Lytle out by round two via KO.
Rousimar Palhares Vs. Jeremy Horn
No offense to Jeremy Horn, but this fight is almost predetermined. Horn is nothing more than a submission guy at this point in his career, and Palhares is not going to be submitted at the hands of Horn. Period.
I like Palhares to be kind and end it in the first round early...If you have anyone that is willing to bet any money on Jeremy Horn in this fight...At ANY odds...Take them. You will win with Palhares.
Alexandre Barros Vs. Martin Kampmann
Welcome to Knockout of the Night. Kampmann should give half of his bonus to matchmaker Joe Silva for this one, as Kampmann is coming off a very bad loss to Nate Marquardt.
The loss wasn't a discredit to Kampmann, as Marquardt came out looking like a possessed man, but rather a credit to how long and well he put up to Marquardt's heavy damage. Kampmann now gets his turn to get revenge on someone else's behalf...Good luck, UFC rookie.