UFC 115 : What's The Deal With The Main Card and Why Care?

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UFC 115 : What's The Deal With The Main Card and Why Care?

The best build up series to every major UFC event is back and now switches its attention to the Main Card at UFC 115 in Vancouver.

If you missed the rundown of Saturday's Undercard action, be sure to check that out as well.

The UFC's first visit to Vancouver was a sell-out record, and by all accounts, it looks set to be a huge success.

There are no titles on the line at GM Place Arena, but there are a lot of interesting match-ups on the main card that should quench the thirst of avid fight fans.

So let's get down to it, so that you all know the deal and why you should care about each fight on June 12th.

 

Carlos Condit vs Rory MacDonald

What's the Deal?

Former WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit takes on rising Canadian star Rory MacDonald in his UFC PPV debut in the opening fight of the night on the Main Card.

Why Care?

MacDonald is 10-0 in MMA competition, a local BC boy and will be the huge crowd favorite in Vancouver. In Condit, however, he is facing his toughest test to date and a real top tier fighter.

Condit has gone 1-1 in the UFC and will be looking to continue climbing the rankings with another win at UFC 115.

Verdict:

Condit lost a very close decision to Kampmann in his first UFC fight, and in this writer's opinion, is a genuine future title challenger. 

Condit will have too much big time experience and all-around skill to just edge this one over the hometown favorite. 

 

Ben Rothwell vs Gilbert Yvel

What's the Deal?

Two Heavyweights battling to find their place in the division will meet in the second fight on the main card. Both Yvel and Rothwell are in need of a big win after losing their respective last fights. 

Why Care?

Rothwell was dominated in his one and only UFC fight against Cain Valasquez. There is no shame in that, but the former IFL star needs a big performance against Yvel. 

Yvel was similarly dominated by Junior dos Santos in his last outing at UFC 108 and the Dutchman also needs a win.

It may be harsh, but this is likely a loser leaves town fight for both fighters.

Verdict:

Even in defeat to Valasquez and in past performances, Rothwell has shown durability as a fighter. Yvel is too one-dimensional for modern day Heavyweights, so I'll give the edge to Big Ben Rothwell.

Paulo Thiago vs Martin Kampmann

What's the Deal?

A fight that has real future divisional implications to the Welterweight division sees the impressive Paulo Thiago take on the Danish former Middleweight turned Welterweight Martin Kampmann.

Why Care?

Thiago is 3-1 since joining the UFC, and three of those fights have been against top 10 level competition. A win over Kampmann places him firmly in the title picture.

Kampmann is 2-1 since dropping down weight classes and has looked good despite his KO loss to Paul Daley. Kampmann has the tools to succeed in the deep welterweight division, and the result of this fight will tell us all where he currently sits in the mix.

Verdict:

This is a really close fight. Paulo Thiago's improving striking means that Kampmann's edge isn't as great as people may think.

The edge on the floor goes to Thiago. With the Brazilian displaying great heart and toughness in his defeat against Jon Fitch, I think this fight at UFC 115 will confirm Thiago as a legitimate top five fighter. 

Pat Barry vs Mirko Cro Cop

What's the Deal?

Former PRIDE legend Mirko Cro Cop will be looking to go toe-to-toe with former K-1 fighter Pat Barry in what should be an explosive stand up war in Vancouver.

Why Care?

Cro Cop says he is finally healthy after the nasty injury he suffered back at UFC 70 and he will be looking to recapture his best form. 

Barry is fighting his childhood hero and will be looking to announce himself to casual fans by beating a legend in Mirko Cro Cop.

Verdict:

Despite what the Croatian has been saying this week, I don't think his recent dip in form was all due to his injuries. He is now exposed as one-dimensional and his speed and KO power doesn't seem to be there anymore.

UFC 115 will easily be the biggest night of Pat Barry's MMA career, and he has the tools to make the most of it.

Despite the potential for fireworks and a stand-up war I don't think this fight will be all that explosive. It may even be a bit disappointing. I'm going to take the younger fighter in Barry for this one.

Chuck Liddell vs Rich Franklin

What's the Deal?

Two former UFC Champions will be looking to remain relevant in the growing Light Heavyweight Division and stave off talks of retirement.

Why Care?

Even if they will never get close to a UFC title again, there is no doubting that both Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin are legends of the sport and deserve one last crack at the big time.

Both have had lengthy layoffs and each will view the other as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. This is certainly more of a must win fight for Liddell than for Franklin.

Verdict:

Strangely, this fight would have been a lot easier to call had it happened a few years ago. With that said, I think Franklin may have enough to pull out the win at UFC 115.

Liddell has not KO'd anyone since 2006, and I think Franklin has shown enough in his last few fights with Wanderlei and Henderson for me to pick "Ace" on this one. 

There you have it—all you need to know about the Main Card of UFC 115 in Vancouver, and why should care about each fight.

Be sure to check out the Undercard review as well and to let me know your thoughts on UFC 115.

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Greg Parfitt is a Featured MMA writer on Bleacher Report. 

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