UFC 163 Fight Card: 3 Fights You Don't Want to Miss

Artem MoshkovichFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2013

UFC 163 Fight Card: 3 Fights You Don't Want to Miss

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    Sure, UFC 163 underwent some unexpected changes, leaving fans concerned about the quality of the overall pay-per-view card. But despite the shuffle, there are still several exciting bouts to be had Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro.

    The spotlight will, of course, be focused on national hero Jose Aldo as he attempts to keep "The Korean Zombie," Chan-Sung Jung, at bay in front of thousands of Brazilians crowding the HSBC Arena. Few can forget Aldo's last appearance in his native Brazil—fans embraced the overjoyed champion as he rushed into the stands in celebration of his knockout victory over Chad Mendes.

    Will he deliver another riveting performance, or will The Korean Zombie's tenacity be too much for him to handle?

    Before that question is answered, UFC 163 presents a few other fights of noteworthy mention.

    Let's examine the most prominent, can't-miss fights going down on Saturday night.

Vinny Magalhaes vs. Anthony Perosh

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    Weight division: Light heavyweight

    Where to see it: FX Prelims

     

    With ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship victories over the likes of Fabricio Werdum and Dean Lister, Vinny Magalhaes (10-6-0) possesses the kind of vaunted ground game that we don't commonly see in MMA

    At UFC 163, his opponent, Anthony Perosh (13-7-0), won't make a submission easy for the Brazilian grappling ace—he's shown enough ground savvy of his own to prevent any submission losses thus far in his career. But time is swiftly catching up to the 40-year old Australian native.

    Magalhaes is coming off a prominent loss to Phil Davis and will likely look to capitalize on the 11-year age gap separating him from Perosh.

    Whether the bout ends in submission or knockout, both men are likely to push forward from start to finish. 

    If it hits the canvas, this fight could be a real grappling display.

Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis

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    Weight division: Light heavyweight

    Where to see it: Pay-per-view main card

     

    At UFC 163, Lyoto Machida (19-3-0) will step into the cage with an impressive 82 percent takedown defense rate—a number that will be crucial against the formidable wrestling and submission skills of opponent Phil Davis (11-1-0).

    "The Dragon" has gotten the best of enough wrestlers with his awe-inspiring barrage of karate-based strikes—Ryan Bader was mowed down almost as memorably as Randy Couture—that no one can doubt his power.

    But Davis believes he has a fine-tuned skill set capable of stopping the ever-elusive Machida.  

    Will he get the takedown? Will Machida counterstrike Davis to death long before a takedown is even up for grabs?

    Regardless of the answer, this fight could end spectacularly if either fighter is able to exact his will to the fullest.

Jose Aldo vs. Chan-Sung Jung

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    Weight division: Featherweight

    Where to see it: Pay-per-view main card

     

    Let's be completely honest here: There's seemingly no logical explanation for how The Korean Zombie got this featherweight title shot. 

    Regardless of the exact path that led from Anthony Pettis' injury to the current state of affairs, this main event has "Fight of the Night" written all over it.

    And if Jose Aldo has his way, "Knockout of the Night" might also be in store.

    Jung's characteristic forward-pressing style will be pitted against Aldo's ability to pick apart any challenger. And by pick apart, I mean to imply that Aldo's power strikes are downright ferocious and well out of the norm for other featherweight fighters.

    Will the Zombie survive Aldo's onslaught long enough to take the champion into deep waters and test his mettle? Or Will Aldo tear through this unplanned contender as he has against all who came before him?

    Honestly, I'm inclined to say that Jung is a dead man walking, but on Saturday night, he'll have a chance to prove us all wrong. Whether or not he accomplishes the impossible, an action-packed fight is all but guaranteed.