UFC 114: What's the Deal with the Main Card, and Why Care?

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UFC 114: What's the Deal with the Main Card, and Why Care?

Well it's back folks, the one stop shop for your quick rundown of each major UFC event, why you should care about each fight on the main card, and my picks.

After UFC 113 in Montreal turned out to feature two of the biggest talking points in MMA so far this year in Daley Gate and Rua beating Machida, Saturday's event in Las Vegas has a lot to live up to.

No title's are on the line at UFC 114 but the card is headlined by one of the longest running most public feuds in recent MMA history. Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson simply hate each other and have been waiting to get their hands on each other since UFC 96.

Take a look at this little video to get a refresher on where this all began. Once you've done that then find out why you should care about each fight and my picks for UFC 114.


Diego Sanchez vs John Hathaway

What's the deal?

A former top contender in the Welterweight division, Diego Sanchez faces a fast rising and undefeated young British prospect in John Hathaway.

Why care?

Diego Sanchez returns to the Welterweight division after a brief but unsuccessful foray into the Lightweight division. John Hathaway is facing the toughest and biggest fight of his career. Both fighters need a big win in this one.

Verdict

I am a big fan of Hathaway, but he has never fought in America and never faced an opponent at the level of Sanchez. I think that Diego will be looking to make a statement on his return to his natural weight class. Sanchez via ground and pound.


Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs Jason Brilz

What's the deal?

In what was originally scheduled as the co-main event for UFC 114, Lil Nog faces late replacement Jason Brilz in a clash of Light-Heavyweights.

Why care?

Nogueira was scheduled to face Forrest Griffin in a title eliminator. He impressed in UFC debut by KO'ing Luiz Cane and is a top contender in the division. Brilz has everything to gain in this fight be beating the more recognized opponent.

Verdict

A late replacement and out matched it's hard to make a case for Brilz in this one. I have to go with who I believe will be a future title challenger in Nogueira.


Todd Duffee vs Mike Russow

What's the deal?

Top top prospects in the UFC Heavyweight division will be looking to move into the contender bracket with a big win at UFC 114.

Why care?

Duffee is the UFC record holder for the fastest KO and his UFC career spans all of seven seconds! Facing Russow who is himself a top prospect will be a true test of how good Duffee is or can be.

Verdict

Russow has gone under the radar, but he is a top prospect that deserves more attention. The very fact that he has received less may influence the fight as I think Duffee may struggle once he can't get the fast KO everyone expects. I'll take Russow.


Michael Bisping vs Dan Miller

What's the deal?

Two mid-level Middleweights will by fighting to remain relevant in a division which is growing in depth. Both fighters are coming off a loss so will be looking for a bounce back win.

Why Care?

Despite many people disliking the Englishmen, Bisping is a contender in the division. Coming off a narrow loss to Wanderlei Silva, a win over Miller will keep him in the mix. Miller is likely fighting to stay in the UFC as he is riding a two fight losing streak.

Verdict

I've always felt Bipsing is underrated. His only losses have been against top competition and two of them have been close decision. Miller is the type of fighter that Bisping has beat comfortably in his career. I'll take Bisping to knock Miller out of the UFC.

 

Rashad Evans vs Rampage Jackson

What's the deal?

Two top Light-Heavyweight's and former Champions will do battle to end a long running personal feud that has ran since UFC 96 and through a full season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Why care?

Even if you are not that interested in this long-standing personal feud between Evan's and Jackson the main event has now been made a No. 1 contender fight to Mauricio Rua's newly acquired Light-Heavyweight Title. This makes this fight more then just a climax to the feud.

Verdict

For me this fight comes down to two things, Rashad's chin and Jackson's cardio.

Rashad has been KO'd in the past and I am sure that the Wolfslair team have been priming Rampage to KO Evan's early in the fight. The problem is that should Evan's chin stand up to the test I can see Rashad turning this fight into a grinding ground battle which I think he would win.

If it goes beyond round one then I have to go with Evan's. I want Rampage to win but aaahhh I really don't want to do this, but I'll pick Rashad Evan's by decision.

 

So that's my picks on each of the main card fights on Saturday night at UFC 114. Hope you enjoyed and let me know your picks.

Cheers

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