UFC 150 Fight Card: Power Ranking the Main Card Fights

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2012

UFC 150 Fight Card: Power Ranking the Main Card Fights

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    You know what?

    UFC 150 is one of the first cards in a long, long time that has not been impacted by injuries or logistical wackiness.

    The result?

    The card is freaking awesome.

    While there have been some strong events by the UFC recently, many of them have been completely rearranged because of a wide variety of factors. This time, though, we get actually get to see the card, for the most part, how it was initially planned.

    With the excitement building, we're going to do what Bleacher/Report does best! We're going to power rank the five main card fights.

5. Yushin Okami vs. Buddy Roberts

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    Yushin Okami's bout is the one fight that has been seriously changed by injuries. The result is a fairly lopsided match between himself, a true veteran with a long list of fights against top middleweights, and Buddy Roberts, who has just one UFC bout under his belt.

    Okami was originally planned to fight Luiz Cane, but Cane got injured and was replaced by Rousimar Palhares. Palhares, too, who would also have to pull out.

    This ends up being great news for Okami, who suffered back to back losses against Anderson Silva and Tim Boetsch and ended up with something of a tune-up fight.

    This remains bad news for the fans, though, as it will likely end up being a vintage Yushin Okami fight, where he completely dominates the bout using his top-tier wrestling skills en route to a decision.

4. Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman

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    Jake Shields is returning to middleweight after a lackluster, .500 run at welterweight. Like Okami, Shields is a downright skilled grappler. Like Okami, he ends up finding himself in a fight seemingly made for him.

    Granted, Ed Herman is no slouch. He is riding a three-fight winning streak and is a threat standing or on the ground.

    That said, Jake Shields' last win at middleweight was against Dan Henderson, who he downright dominated for four rounds using his wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu skills after getting rocked in the first round.

    Ed Herman is no Dan Henderson. Watch for Shields to spend 15 minutes on top of Herman and/or to safely pitapat him with punches in another bout likely to go to decision.

3. Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway

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    Featherweights often make for exciting bouts and this is probably going to be a good one.

    Lawrence is fresh off The Ultimate Fighter: Live, with his top moment coming in the finale, where he knocked John Cofer out with a head kick that earned him both Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night. Now down to featherweight, he is facing off with Max Holloway.

    Holloway started his career 4-0, but was fed to a top fighter in Dustin Poirier in his UFC debut. After earning a win over Pat Schilling, Holloway has Lawrence scoped as a fighter he can start climbing over to separate him from that lone loss.

    Watch for the bout to be fast-paced and end with a finish with two fighters desperately trying to establish themselves in the UFC.

2. Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard

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    Expect fireworks.

    Donald Cerrone is a clear-cut top-ten fighter who is 5-1 in the UFC and one of the few fighters in the division that is really capable of finishing while standing or on the ground. His lone loss was a top contender bout with Nate Diaz that he lost after being, he claims, kicked in the face by a horse.

    Melvin Guillard, a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter Season 2, is one of the scariest, most powerful strikers in the lightweight division. After back-to-back losses to Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon, Guillard is looking to start stringing together wins to return to the title picture.

    While the two are long-time friends, both training with famed coach Greg Jackson (Guillard has since left for Rashad Evans' Blackzilians team), the two certainly seem capable of punching each other in the face.

    Watch to see how this one goes, and whether Cerrone tries to strike with Guillard, or takes him down to try to submit him.

1. Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar II

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    The main event is, as it should be, the clear-cut most exciting fight of the night.

    The excitement found in the first bout between the two at UFC 144 needs no explanation. Now though, Frankie Edgar is looking to recapture his belt while Henderson is trying to assert himself as the top dog in the lightweight division.

    Both fighters are extremely exciting to watch. Bendo has crafty submission skills and powerful striking that he used to finish people with ease in the WEC. Edgar has his slippery boxing that he used to beat BJ Penn and some strong wrestling skills to back it up.

    Two well-rounded fighters with cardio for days and press-the-action based styles? For five rounds?

    Fight of the Year candidate here.