UFC Fight Night 36: Main Card Staff Predictions

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UFC Fight Night 36: Main Card Staff Predictions
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Lyoto Machida will try to take another big step toward a middleweight title shot on Saturday, when he'll meet former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi.

At UFC Fight Night 30, "The Dragon" stopped Mark Munoz in his initial appearance at 185 pounds. That victory elevated the Brazilian to contender status immediately, and now he could have a chance to compete for UFC gold by winning in the UFC Fight Night 36 headliner.

While he only has one UFC win under his belt, Mousasi could quickly take the lead in the race for a middleweight title shot this weekend. After beating Ilir Latifi easily in his first Octagon showing at light heavyweight, Mousasi has opted to return to 185 pounds, where many feel he is better suited.

Bleacher Report MMA's own Riley Kontek, James MacDonald, Craig Amos and Sean Smith have joined to provide their predictions for Machida vs. Mousasi and the entire UFC Fight Night 36 main card.  

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