UFC 113: What's the Deal with the Main Card, and Why Care?

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UFC 113: What's the Deal with the Main Card, and Why Care?

The upcoming UFC 113 card sees the UFC heading back to Montreal, Canada for what is shaping up to be a great night of fights headlined by the highly anticipated rematch between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua for the UFC Light-Heavyweight Title.

The first fight between Champion Machida and Shogun ended in a controversial decision win for Machida. It was a close fight that many observers felt Rua had won, prompting UFC President Dana White to make an instant re-match after agreeing with fan and media reaction to the fight verdict.

With a highly anticipated main event and an under card full of meaningful divisional fights and entertaining fighters this should be a great night for MMA fans. So without further ado I'll be giving my opinion and predictions on UFC 113 right here, right now, enjoy. 


Lyoto Machida vs Mauricio Rua

What's the deal?

The rematch that simply had to happen after there first meeting back at UFC 104 ended in such a close decision win for Machida. Many felt Rua won the fight, but as they say you have to take the belt from the Champion.

Why care?

Two of the top 205lb fighters in the world will be going at it in Montreal on Saturday night and you should be excited. Rua is finally back to his Pride days and the first fight was so close that its a pick em' fight at this point.

Verdict

Rua executed his game plan perfectly in the first fight and Machida was not at his elusive best. Will Machida be as bad again and will Rua have as good of a game plan in the re-match, I have to think not, so I will go with Machida to defend again in less controversial circumstances.


Paul Daley vs Josh Koscheck

What's the deal?

Perennial top contender Josh Koscheck will battle the explosive Paul Daley in what was billed as a title eliminator fight on the UFC countdown show on Spike TV. The trash talk has been loud and funny throughout the build up and these two have made no bones about there dislike for each other, which should make for a great fight.

Why care?

With the recent re-scheduling of the long awaited Fitch vs Alves fight, Daley and Koscheck are in all likelihood fighting in an unofficial No. 1 contender fight for GSP's belt. Both have big KO power and with the mutual hatred this fight shouldn't last long—KO of the night anyone?

Verdict

On paper and if Koscheck sticks to his wrestling then it should be a comfortable night for the bleach blond AKA fighter. However, egos are rife in fighting and one has to wonder if Koscheck will try and stand and bang with Daley to prove a point. I'm going with my heart rather then my head on this one and I'll look for an explosive end from Daley who will get the win.


Sam Stout vs Jeremy Stephens

What's the deal?

Two young Lightweights will square off and continue there climb up the divisional ladder. A pretty high spot on a PPV card this is a big opportunity for both guys who usually always feature in entertaining fights.

Why care?

Sam Stout is coming of the best performance of his career against Joe Lauzon at UFC 108. Another win would put the Canadian on a three fight win streak and right in the contender mix. Stephens will be looking to start his own run in the division and earn another fight bonus, he's collected two in his last four fights.

Verdict

I've always liked the way Stout fights and was hugely impressed by his disciplined performance and technical display against Joe Lauzon. It's because of that display that I will look for Stout to continue his improvement and climb up the ladder with another win in Montreal.


Kimbo Slice vs Matt Mitrione

What's the deal?

The former Ultimate Fighter alumni's who were on opposing teams during season 10 of the popular series but never fought each other will finally get to meet inside the cage. Both won their first official UFC fights at the Ultimate fighter Season Finale show back in December.

Why care?

After a disappointing show against Houston Alexander in his official UFC debut fight we should finally get to see where Kimbo now is in his MMA development. The youtube sensation needs a strong showing at UFC 113, otherwise the casual fans may start to get bored of the bearded one.

Verdict

Kimbo will get most of the attention in the pre-fight build up and I have focused much of my brief interlude to the fight on him. However something tells me that the young Mitrione may not be the "Meathead" that he was portrayed as on the Ultimate Fighter. Look for Mitrione to pull out the "W" and show that he could be a bright future prospect in the UFC Heavyweight division.


Patrick Cote vs Alan Belcher

What's the deal?

Two upper-mid level UFC Middleweights who love to stand and bang look to move up the ladder and get right in the title mix in what should be a strong opening to the UFC 113 card in Montreal.

Why care?

Patrick Cote has not seen the inside of the octagon since he fought for the title at UFC 90 and took Anderson Silva to the third round before his knee blew out. Belcher has been improving rapidly and, bar a razor thin decision loss at UFC 100, he has won three of his last four and looked great in the process.

Verdict

Cote has a great chin and I have a feeling he made need it come Saturday night as ring rust may be a key factor in the fight. Seemingly even in the stand up department this fight may be decided elsewhere. Look for Belcher to wear down Cote who's cardio could be an issue due to his lack of activity and eventually pull out a late win in this one.

 

That's a wrap on my run down of the main card of UFC 113 in Montreal. As I said at the top of this article, it should be an exciting night of fights with a huge title fight to cap it off. What's your verdict on the upcoming fights? I'll be back soon with my run down on the pre-lim fights.

Cheers.

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