You could say that every fighter on the main card is under pressure at UFC 162. No, none of the 10 fighters competing on the UFC 162 pay-per-view portion of the event are in danger of being released from the promotion, but they all have a lot at stake heading into Saturday.
Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver are ranked fifth and sixth in the UFC featherweight division, so a loss on Saturday would be a huge setback for either fighter.
Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch are in an even more precarious position in the middleweight division. Both of them are coming off losses, and they are ranked near the bottom of the Top 10. A second consecutive loss will most likely drop the defeated fighter out of the rankings.
Who will replace the loser of Boetsch vs. Munoz in the Top 10 rankings? There are no guarantees, but the winner of Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Gracie has a good chance to break into the conversation. A win for Kennedy may also smooth things over for him after he criticized the UFC’s pay scale, which he later apologized for.
In the co-main event, Frankie Edgar needs a win to hang on to his ranking in the featherweight division, while an upset victory will no doubt launch Charles Oliveira up the ladder.
As for the main event, in the world of “what have you done for me lately” MMA fans, Anderson Silva’s legacy will be on the line—as far as some are concerned—against Chris Weidman.
It’s rare to have a main card with so much at stake.