3 Sleeper Fights You Don't Want to Miss at UFC 157

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2013

3 Sleeper Fights You Don't Want to Miss at UFC 157

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    The attention at UFC 157 in Anaheim has been on four people thus far. Ronda Rousey, Liz Carmouche, Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida have soaked up all the limelight while the other 20 fighters have flown under the radar. 

    While I think that both top attractions should be exciting fights, the media has almost completely ignored several other scraps that will end up being great fights.

    Here are three sleeper fights you don't want to miss at UFC 157 that may give the Rousey-Carmouche and Henderson-Machida fights a run for their money.

Sam Stout vs. Caros Fodor

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    Two strikers are set to meet on the undercard, when debuting Strikeforce vet Caros Fodor meets long-time UFC vet Sam Stout. This fight has dynamite written all over it.

    Stout is known for his exciting fights, especially when pitted against a fellow striker. He will get that fellow striker in Fodor.

    The fight will be technical but wildly entertaining. Whoever wins will not matter because this fight will become a fight of the night contender.

Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice

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    You may be thinking, "this fight is not going to be a sleeper fight." Or maybe you aren't thinking that, I don't know.

    What I do know is that Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice are wrestlers first. That will cancel out and lead to an exciting slugfest.

    Bermudez has had a couple wild shootouts in his career, so it's not hard to imagine. He could force Grice's hand and create a potential barnburner in Anaheim. 

Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar

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    It's actually surprising the lack of press that Urijah Faber and Ivan Menjivar's fight has gotten coming into the potential pay-per-view blockbuster.

    This is a rematch from earlier in their careers. Faber won a unanimous decision, but both fighters are completely different players in this MMA game. 

    Faber is usually an exciting fighter and Menjivar has been known to please fans as well. We could be in for a wild brawl filled with power punches, crazy scrambles and a possible finish.