UFC 110: Don't Overlook the Undercard
UFC 110 looks to be as big a show as promised.
It's filled with UFC veterans and up-and-comers. You have future UFC Hall of Famer Mirko Cro Cop, with his deadly left leg head kicks, an "Ultimate Fighter" protege in Ryan Bader taking on the already established Keith Jardine, the crowd favorite Joe "Daddy" Stevenson on the card as well, and a heated battle between Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva vs. the man we love to hate, Michael "The Count" Bisping.
We also cannot forget the main event, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Minotauro Nogueira vs. heavyweight title contender Cain Valasquez.
But what about the undercard? Everybody always seems to overlook the undercard, as if it doesn't matter. When in reality, these are the guys you could be seeing as the the future of the UFC.
Many people don't realize that most "Fight of the Night" awards go to one of the undercard fights. Mostly because these guys have nothing to lose. They are trying to make a name for themselves so they will do whatever it takes to put on a show and make the crowd go crazy. I expect the same thing from UFC 110's undercard.
Let's start with another "Ultimate Fighter" protoge, C.B. Dollaway, as he takes on Goran Reljic. Reljic made his UFC debut at UFC 85 and took on a heavy favorite in Wilson Gouveia. Reljic KO'd Gouveia in devastating fashion. His striking skills are remarkable, but this BJJ Brown Belt has decided to move down to middleweight, hoping to quickly jump up the ranks.
Now C.B. is going to test Reljic to the highest degree. He's got a ton of energy and a strong wrestling background. Dollaway always seems to give himself up to submissions, though. Look for Reljic to take out Dollaway via Guillotine Choke in Round 2.
Another undercard fight that really catches my eye is the original "Ultimate Fighter" runner-up, Stephan "The American Psycho" Bonnar, vs. Krzysztof "The Polish Experiment" Soszynski.
Bonnar has lost four of his last six fights, including two in a row. He is going to look to bounce back vs. Soszynski tonight. But Soszynski is no easy feat, he was also a contender on the "Ultimate Fighter".
This IFL veteran has a record of 3-1 in the UFC, just coming off his first loss to Brandon Vera. Soszynski is a very big and strong heavyweight who has found a knack for submitting his oponents—two of his three UFC wins have come by submission. Look for this to be a battle, with Krzysztof Soszynski winning by Unanimous Decision.
Chris Lytle will also take on Brian Foster on tonight's UFC 110 undercard. Lytle is one of the UFC's most experienced fighters. With a record of 27-17-5, he's a tough match up for anybody at this point.
Lytle is so explosive and energetic, his last three UFC fights have been awarded "Fight of the Night". Lytle probably will never be a title contender in the UFC, but he does give the fresh meat of the UFC a tough test.
Lytle will fight Brian Foster, who is a replacement for Dong Hyun-Kim. Hyun-Kim had to pull out of the fight due to injury. Foster made an impressive show by beating Rick Story and Brock Larson. In the Larson fight, Foster received two illegal blows in the first round and came back to win.
Look for fireworks tonight in this fight. These two guys are looking to put on a show, and aren't afraid to stand up and trade with each other. Foster has the ground advantage, but Lytle will look to control the fight standing up and win by KO in round 2.
I aslo think Lytle will snag his fourth "Fight of the Night" honors tonight with this win.
My advice to all you UFC fans, DON'T SLEEP ON THE UNDERCARD! This entire card is promised to be a great show throughout.
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