Looking Ahead To UFC 112: Invincible
Georges St-Pierre cut another notch into his welterweight belt and Shane Carwin took care of business in a (T)KO win against Frank Mir.
With all that said, UFC and MMA fans alike may now begin to look ahead to the next feature fight card.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will venture into new territory as it takes its name to Abu Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on April 10.
It is an attempt by the UFC to boast two of its most dominant fighters; Anderson Silva and BJ Penn.
The decision to bring the UFC to Abu Dubai came after Flash Entertainment-an Abu Dubai company purchased a minority interest of a 10 percent stake of Zuffa, LLC, Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The deal made sense for the UFC with Abu Dubai’s expanding industry of entertainment and Las Vegas current struggles financially.
Anderson Silva (25-4, 10-0 UFC) vs Demian Maia (12-1, 6-1 UFC)
In the main event of the night, Anderson Silva will look to further himself in mixed martial arts glory and keep his UFC record untarnished.
Silva was formerly scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort; however a shoulder injury forced Belfort to bow out of the fight.
In an effort to scramble a worthy contender for Silva, the UFC turned to a Demian Maia rather quickly. Maia enters the fight off of short rest, and a unanimous decision win against Dan Miller at UFC 109: Relentless.
Although the initial reaction to Maia fighting Silva is a guaranteed win for Silva, Maia is a master at creating submissions; with 8 of his wins coming by the way of submission.
However, even with Maia’s recent success, he is still going up against arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC.
As for Anderson Silva, his last fight came against fan-favorite Forest Griffin in UFC 101: Declaration. Silva snuffed Griffin’s attempt to keep the fight at a stand-up, and knocked out a charging Griffin with a fading hook.
Also noted, Silva has been nursing an elbow injury he suffered against Griffin. Even though this is Silva’s first fight back in the octagon in over seven months, there is little doubt Silva's elbow will effect his ability to strike.
Fans will can rest assure that Silva to not hold anything back and will try to finish off Maia with one of his signature highlight reel knockouts.
BJ Penn (15-5-1, 11-4-1 UFC) vs. Frankie Edgar (11-1, 6-1 UFC)
The Co-main event of the night features BJ Penn in his attempt to defend his lightweight belt. BJ Penn’s most recent fight came against Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez in UFC 107: Penn vs Sanchez.
Penn had little trouble with the over-matched and under sized Sanchez. The fight ended in the fifth and final round due to doctor stoppage.
Similar to GSP, Penn has also dominated his respective division.
Frankie Edgar is scheduled to take on Penn and will look to steal the belt. The Answer’s most recent fight was in The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale against Matt Veach.
Edgar was able to pull off a rear-naked-choke of Matt Veach in the second round.
Edgar’s last loss came against Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 13 in 2008. Since then, Edgar has won three straight fights and put himself in line for the title shot.
Although Penn is a much better all-around fighter, Edgar is a far better conditioned fighter, with six of his wins being determined by decision. It will be interesting if Edgar's ability to go the distance in fights helps him.
Matt Hughes (43-7, 16-5 UFC) vs Renzo Gracie (13-6-1, 0-0 UFC)
Although it is not a title fight, UFC 112 features a main card bout between former welterweight champ Matt Hughes as he gets set to take on Renzo Gracie, who is also making his UFC debut.
Born into the legendary Mixed martial arts Gracie family, Renzo Gracie has made a name for himself .
At the age of 42, Renzo Gracie is an interesting signing for the UFC, but would have been more appealing 10 years ago.
In addition Renzo Gracie has not fought in a match since a 2007 fight against Frank Shamrock.
Matt Hughes is very familiar with the Gracie family after knocking out Royce Gracie, Renzo’s first cousin, at UFC 60 in 2006.