UFC 157: 5 Fighters to Keep an Eye on Saturday Night

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIIFebruary 22, 2013

UFC 157: 5 Fighters to Keep an Eye on Saturday Night

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    UFC 157 has garnered some major attention.

    It boasts a card filled with talented fighters. From former champions, to up-and-coming fighters, to the first two females to do battle in the UFC Octagon, UFC 157 has it all.

    Much of the attention is on Ronda Rousey and her fight against Liz Carmouche. However, the card also has a bunch of other fighters who are guaranteed to put on a good show.

    These fighters are focused and primed to make some big and exciting statements on Saturday night.

    They come from a range of divisions, and each and every one wants to earn a big win and do so in spectacular fashion.

    Here are five fighters you need to keep an eye on at this event.

Sam Stout

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    Sam Stout is as tough a Canadian as they come.

    He brings a constant energy to all of his fights.

    He is coming off a loss to fellow Canadian John Makdessi back at UFC 154. He will be looking to get back to his winning ways.

    His opponent is Strikeforce import Caros Fodor. Fodor holds a record of 7-2. His last fight ended in a submission loss to Pat Healy.

    Stout has won five Fight of the Night post-fight bonuses. Look for him to bring the intensity tomorrow in his quest for another win.

Dennis Bermudez

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    Dennis Bermudez has impressed so far in his young UFC career.

    After suffering a loss to Diego Brandao in the TUF Finale, Bermudez has responded by rattling off two impressive wins.

    He looked like a monster against Pablo Garza, as he was able to survive submission attempts and literally throw his opponent to the canvas in their bout.

    He showed some great heart in his latest fight against Tommy Hayden. He was dropped with a knee and was almost submitted shortly after.

    He came back and clawed his way out of the submission attempt and finished it with a slick standing guillotine choke.

    Bermudez is a big featherweight with a ton of talent and heart. If you can help it, don't miss his fight.

Lavar Johnson

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    Heavyweight fights are simply a joy to watch.

    Lavar Johnson has quickly become a fan favourite in the UFC's heavyweight division.

    And how could he not? He's big and powerful, and he hits like a Mack truck. He's basically everything a fan could ever hope for in a heavyweight fighter.

    Johnson is coming off his first UFC loss in his last fight. His opponent, Brendan Schaub, is currently on a two-fight losing streak of his own.

    Both of those losses came by knockout, and both of Johnson's wins came via the same method.

    Both heavyweights hit hard. My advice? Don't blink or you might miss a wicked knockout.

Josh Koscheck

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    Josh Koscheck wants to remain relevant in the welterweight division.

    He is coming off of a close split-decision loss to the heavy-handed Johny Hendricks.

    Getting back into the win column will be no easy task as he will face creative striker Robbie Lawler.

    Koscheck has technical and controlled striking as well as a solid looping right hand. If he can hide that right hand and unleash it when Lawler last expects it, you never know what might happen.

    Koscheck also has solid wrestling to fall back on. He has one of the quickest shots in the division and suffocating top control on the ground.

    It should be a good welterweight tilt between Koscheck and returning veteran Lawler.

Ronda Rousey

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    If there is one fighter on the card that everyone will be watching, it's Ronda Rousey.

    Rousey will be bringing her unique brand of armbar submission justice to the biggest MMA stage in the world today.

    She will be breaking ground in her title fight with Liz Carmouche, as it will be the first ever women's fight in UFC history.

    No one is under more scrutiny than Rousey right now.

    She's tough, determined and above all, skilled.

    History will be made Saturday night, and Rousey will in the spotlight.

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