3 Reasons Why UFC 156 Looks to Be an Early Candidate for Card of the Year

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIIJanuary 28, 2013

3 Reasons Why UFC 156 Looks to Be an Early Candidate for Card of the Year

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    UFC 156 is one stacked card.

    The UFC wanted to start the first pay-per-view card of 2013 off with a bang and they look like they are going to succeed.

    Monster heavyweights, a superfight for a title and an unmatched amount of talent across different weight classes.

    Let's take a deeper look into three reasons why this card could potentially be the card of the year.

A Bevy of Good Talent

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    UFC 156 will feature some incredibly talented fighters.

    Strikeforce import Tyron Woodley will battle Jay Hieron in a solid welterweight battle while fellow import Isaac Vaille-Flagg will take on veteran Yves Edwards.

    Flyweight top contenders, Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall, will battle it out to see who will get another crack at the flyweight belt.

    Don't forget that Demain Maia and Jon Fitch are slated to mix it up as well. Maia has been on a tear since dropping to welterweight and Fitch looked very impressive against Erick Silva in his last fight.

    Not to be forgotten, Lil Nog will welcome Rashad Evans back to the Octagon as well. Both men want to stay relevant and should put on an entertaining scrap for the fans.

The Return of Alistair Overeem

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    Fans haven't been able to see Alistair Overeem in the Octagon since his win against Brock Lesnar way back at UFC 141.

    But the suspension is finally over, and fans of the monster known as Overeem can rejoice.

    Overeem is ready to get back on track and earn a title shot to face champion Cain Velasquez.

    Standing in his way is a heavyweight who also has title aspirations in Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.

    Silva is coming off a nasty knockout win over Travis Browne. He now faces a big step up in competition on his way to earn a heavyweight title shot.

    These two heavyweights are guaranteed to throw down and produce some fireworks. Don't blink if you can help it!

Aldo vs. Edgar Superfight

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    The crown jewel of this fight card is undoubtedly the main event.

    Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo will take on former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

    Aldo is a powerful and dominant fighter, but Edgar is able to take large amounts of punishment and keep on trucking.

    This is a superfight make no mistake about it. It will no doubt provide rounds of action for fans the world over.

    With two fighters that are so dynamic and technical, predicting a winner is incredibly tough. I'm just hoping for a solid fight.

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