Like most UFC events, the lead up to UFC 155 has been dominated by the main event, which isn’t surprising considering the UFC’s heavyweight belt has been called the biggest prize in combat sports.
But while most of the focus is falling on Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez this week, these two finish fights so quickly that their time inside the cage isn’t likely going to last long Saturday night.
That leaves the door open for one of the undercard bouts to try to steal the show, and since some of the most entertaining fighters on the UFC roster are set to throw down, competition is going to be fierce.
Joe Lauzon, who collects fight-night bonuses on an absurdly consistent level, is set to compete in the co-headliner against Jim Miller in a bout that is almost guaranteed to produce fireworks.
And exciting as Lauzon is, the casual fan may find themselves even more enamored by Leonard Garcia, who throws punches like he’s swinging a 20lb hammer and gets into some fan-friendly wars in the process.
However, Lauzon and Garcia’s fights on Saturday likely won’t even compare to the high-energy bout that Brad Pickett and Eddie Wineland are set to deliver.
The lighter weight classes in the UFC have produced some of the best fights in the organization since they came over from the WEC a couple of years ago, and with two of the best bantamweights on the roster set to fight this weekend, the main event on FX looks like an early favorite to in the Fight of the Night award.
Both Pickett and Wineland have been making moves towards title contention over the course of their last few bouts, and with both men coming off of impressive knockout victories, all signs point to a war between two of the best at 135.
Pickett has long had a reputation as one of the most fun to watch fighters in the bantamweight division, and despite a tough loss to interim champion Renan Barao back at UFC 138, he’s still considered a top threat to the bantamweight crown.
Much of the same can be said about Wineland, who overcame a tough 0-2 start to his UFC career by smashing Scott Jorgensen with a brutal one-punch knockout at UFC on FX 3.
With the bantamweight division short on title contenders at the moment, the winner of this fight is going to be in prime position to compete for a UFC belt at some point in 2013.
With the stakes so high, expect Pickett and Wineland to both bring their ”A” game to the cage this weekend, and if that happens, those two may be the fighters fans are talking about when UFC 155 comes to an end.