If you are to order UFC 153 on pay-per-view, you will likely get your money's worth. There are a number of fights on the card that are sure to excite fans.
The card boasts names like Anderson Silva, Minotauro Nogueira, Jon Ftich and Demian Maia. All are champions or former challengers that always bring a good fight to the cage.
Here are the predictions for the main card.
The pay-per-view kicks off in the welterweight division, as recent welterweight competitor Demian Maia meets Rick Story to advance up the ladder.
Story has the wrestling advantage, while Maia is the better pure grappler and submission artist. I doubt Maia can get Story to the ground, which will make this a striking battle.
Maia's striking has gotten better, but Story's has as well. It will be a close bout, but I expect Story to take a decision here.
Prediction: Story def. Maia via decision
We will have a definitive ending this time around (hopefully), as Phil Davis and Wagner Prado meet again to settle the score from their UFC on Fox meeting a couple months ago.
The first fight ended with an inadvertent eye poke on Prado. They playfully did the Three Stooges eye poke pose for their staredown yesterday, but this one will likely be a good one.
Prado is a striker and Davis is a wrestler. Davis has some of the best wrestling in MMA, so I think it will prevail over the unproven Prado and his knockout power.
Prediction: Davis def. Prado via decision
The up-and-coming Erick Silva is set to meet a long-time UFC welterweight in Jon Fitch with the opportunity to move into the top 10.
Silva has looked nothing short of brilliant in the UFC so far. His striking is powerful and his ground game is refined.
Fitch is the assurable grinder that will look to plant Silva on the mat and outwork him. Many believe Fitch will win this fight due to his experience and size, but coming off his knee injury will make him vulnerable.
Prediction: Silva def. Fitch via decision
If you are a fan of exciting standup wars, then this next showdown in the light heavyweight division between Glover Teixeira and Fabio Maldonado should tickle your fancy.
Both men are skilled strikers. Maldonado is a technical boxer with outstanding body shots and a granite chin. Teixeira is a power striker who used to be Chuck Liddell's training partner.
I think they will entertain on the feet. Whether Teixiera drops Maldonado or snags a takedown, Teixeira will get his opponent on his back and find a submission at some point in this fight.
Prediction: Teixeira def. Maldonado via submission
The co-main event of the evening will be between the no-nonsense legend, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and his suddenly motivated dance partner, Dave Herman, in the heavyweight division.
To me, at the weigh-ins, I thought Nogueira looked in bad shape and flabby. On the other side, I think Herman looked focused, in-shape and ready to go.
This may be the perfect storm that earns Herman a win in Brazil.
I always make an upset-of-the-night pick when predicting any card, and this may be my pick for it. We don't know how ready Nogueira's arm is from having it snapped against Frank Mir, and like I said, he looks out of shape.
Prediction: Herman def. Nogueira via decision
Anderson Silva is set to fight at 205 once more, as he takes a late replacement fight with Stephan Bonnar in the main event.
I would not blink in this fight. Even missing a millisecond will be detrimental because this fight has the potential to be a barn burner.
They will strike. I would not be surprised, though, if Bonnar looks to get Silva on his back.
I think Silva will avoid that, but he will not be able to finish "The American Psycho." The only way Bonnar has ever been stopped by TKO was when he suffered a cut that got the fight stopped.
Prediction: Silva def. Bonnar via decision