Predictions You Can Take to the Bank for UFC 156

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

Predictions You Can Take to the Bank for UFC 156

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    UFC fans have been calling for a superfight for a long time, but a superfight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar was not one that was on their minds. 

    Now that the matchup is made, fans are intrigued by the possibilities this fight brings.

    UFC 156 is one of the biggest cards of the year. The UFC's Super Bowl weekend cards are always star studded. In addition to a title fight, 156 will play host to potential top contenders Alistair Overeem, Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall, as well as former champion Rashad Evans.

    Here are main card predictions you can take to the bank.

Benavidez Outlasts McCall to Earn Rematch with "Mighty Mouse"

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    Top flyweight contenders will meet in the cage at UFC 156 and the winner will likely get a shot at the gold.

    Both Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez will be looking to exact revenge against champion Demetrious Johnson, but first must beat one another to get that chance. Benavidez and McCall are considered the second and third best 125ers in the world.

    Expect Benavidez to use his more well-rounded game to outwork McCall for three rounds en route to a decision. He will meet Johnson during the summer for the belt, likely on free TV.

Fitch Outgrapples Maia in Another Exciting Affair

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    Until his last outing against Erick Silva, Jon Fitch was always associated with boring fights.

    In that bout, not only did Fitch get a huge win against a top up-and-comer, he delighted the crowd with his performance. Now he has a guy who is just as educated on the ground as he is in Demian Maia.

    This fight will see Fitch's wrestling match up with Maia's jiu-jitsu. If you are a fan of tactical ground wars, this fight is just for you.

    I expect Fitch to edge out Maia via decision in a fun fight. 

Overeem Knocks Silva Out, Gets Title Shot at Velasquez

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    Fans have awaited Alistair Overeem's return for a while now, and he will make that return against fellow Strikeforce veteran Antonio Silva.

    This fight is tailor-made for Overeem, who will bang with Silva and aim at his oversized head. At some point, he will land a haymaker that puts out the lights for "Big Foot." 

    With the win, he will meet Cain Velasquez for the title. 

Evans Grinds Nogueira to a Decision, Calls out Silva

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    Rashad Evans is still a top light heavyweight in the UFC, but he is at least third or fourth in line for the next title shot.

    With that said, Evans may be fighting his last 205 battle for a while, especially if and when he knocks off Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

    Expect to see Evans bang with Nogueira for a while until he realizes his wrestling will coast him to victory. Following the win, he will proclaim his drop to 185 to meet Anderson Silva for the title. 

Aldo and Edgar Put on a Fight of the Year Candidate

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    The main event and superfight between featherweight king Jose Aldo and former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar has the potential to be the best fight of 2013.

    Aldo clearly has the striking advantage, while Edgar has the wrestling edge. The big question here is can Aldo's questionable gas tank hold up against a cardio machine like Edgar?

    Either way, expect to see an awesome fight between the two. Edgar has the heart of a lion, while Aldo is a straight killer.

    I think Edgar may be able to pull off a decision win, but my head tells me Aldo edges his adversary.