UFC 117 is almost upon us, so I thought I would try something different with this edition of my regular buildup series, "What's the Deal and Why Care?"
With the Main card so stacked, I thought each fight on the card deserved a bit more singular attention. UFC 117 is headlined by one of the most anticipated middleweight title fights in a long while.
The card is rounded off by a No. 1 contender fight in the heavyweight and welterweight divisions, arguably, plus a returning UFC legend, and a pair of top lightweights will go at it.
So let's get this thing started and remember to stay tuned each day this week for one of the main card fights until we build up to Silva vs. Sonnen.
Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
What's the Deal?
Two top Lightweights will be looking to climb up the ladder in what should be a great fight.
Clay Guida always comes to fight and will be looking to continue his climb back up the ladder. Rafael dos Anjos is a rising young fighter who would love to add Guida's name to his growing resume.
Dos Anjos is on a three fight win streak and looked great in his win over the hot prospect Terry Etim at UFC 112.
A win over Guida would be his biggest in the UFC and would really place him in line for a Top 10 level opponent in his next fight as he would be 4-0.
Check out the video to see just how well rounded this guy is becoming.
Guida is a perennial contender but is in danger of being the gatekeeper of the 155 lbs division.
Guida, 3-2 in his last five, is in need of a big win in Oakland. "The Carpenter" always seems to fall when he climbs high up the ladder.
A win over dos Anjos will confirm that he is still a threat to the top contenders in the division. At least one thing is for sure where Guida is concerned—he is always entertaining.
All this should mean a great fight with both fighters going all out for the win on Saturday night.
Now the fun part. As good as Dos Anjos has looked recently, he hasn't been facing fighters with Guida's work ethic and relentless style.
This could very well turn into a war, but Guida will emerge with the win if that happens. So I'll say Guida by decision.
Be sure to check out the series throughout the week as I buildup each fight.
What are your thought's on this matchup?