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Records: Donald Cerrone (22-6), Edson Barboza (13-1)
See it on: Fox
Go to the store. Get your flashlights. Get your batteries. Do you have fresh water? How about a chemical or pump-action outhouse? Don't get caught with canned food and no can opener. Don't be that guy.
See, you need to think about this stuff. There's a phrase that people say about being forewarned. It also means you can be forearmed.
So hopefully everyone is forearming themselves for what could be one of the most violent bouts of the year. Maybe in the history of MMA. Maybe in the history of humanity.
I'm sure you already know Donald Cerrone. Wears cowboy hats a lot, likes extreme sports, drops curse words into interviews and then pretends like he doesn't realize he did so, goes around knocking and choking everybody out? That's him.
And at age 32, he's mounting another ascent up the rankings. Was he serious about fighting six times in 2014? I don't know, but this is No. 2, and No. 1 was get-him-a-body-bag head kick on Adriano Martins in January. So, yeah.
Oh, and Edson Barboza is involved, too. You know, the guy with the muay thai, spinning wheel kicks and personal highlight reel that doubles as a UFC highlight reel. The guy who, in his last two fights, made an opponent tap to strikes and earned a TKO using nothing but a leg kick.
Part of me wants to pump the brakes on all this. There's no way it will be as violent, bloody and amazing as past experience indicates. Someone will blink and shoot for a takedown. Someone will be off his game and listless. Someone will cause an anticlimatic early stoppage. The ref or judges will get in the way somehow.
It just can't be as amazing as its billing, right? But then again: What if it is? If it is, the 2014 Fight of the Year conversation could be over before Memorial Day.
Prediction: Barboza, TKO, Rd. 2