UFC 153 is happening this Saturday in Brazil. Maybe you've heard a little something about the main event situation?
See, first, there were these guys, Jose Aldo and Quinton Jackson. They were going to fight, but they got hurt. Long story short, the new main event features two other guys, Anderson Silva and Stephan Bonnar.
No one would have ever predicted that those two would fight. But it's all in keeping with what has become an unpredictable event. So why not keep the craziness going? Here are five bold predictions for UFC 153.
Diego Brandao, the winning featherweight from The Ultimate Fighter's 14th season, probably needs to impress some people on Saturday night. He lost his first non-TUF UFC fight to Darren Elkins back in May.
Now, he faces Joey Gambino, a well-regarded prospect but one who is 0-1 at the UFC level. In his defeat to Steven Siler, Gambino looked a little vulnerable in the stand-up phase. As it happens, that's Brandao's specialty.
Two recent contestants on different iterations of The Ultimate Fighter meet when Rony Jason squares off with Sam Sicilia.
Jason, one of the most highly touted prospects currently in the sport, was solid in his UFC debut in June. But it's pretty clear he wants to be more than just solid. He wants to win fans, not just fights.
On Saturday night, Jason and his Muay Thai attack will announce their presence with authority.
Or maybe it didn't. But for whatever reason, I've just got this feeling that something weird is going to happen in this rematch.
When they first hooked up in August, it was a Phil Davis eye poke that marred Wagner Prado's UFC debut. What will it be this time? A bizarre judges' decision? A Prindle-style axe kick to the groin (henceforth known as a Prindle Kick)? Everything is on the table.
Erick Silva is a slight favorite in this fight, and fans love the young Brazilian's knockout power and advancement potential in the welterweight division.
But Jon Fitch isn't done yet. Silva may very well become a title contender someday, but Saturday will not be that day.
It doesn't matter whether he wins or loses. I think Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is going to hang up the fingerless gloves after his tilt with Dave Herman.
The guy's 36 years old. He's accomplished pretty much everything there is to accomplish in MMA. And he's fighting in front of a hometown crowd.
Of course, folks made the same prediction before UFC 134, the Rio card in which Nogueira knocked out Brendan Schaub. But this is 14 months, one technical submission loss and one broken humerus later.
It almost makes too much sense for Big Nog to go out now, in front of his countrymen, before he sustains a serious injury. Again.