UFC 120: Five Questions That Will Be Answered in London
Question 1: Was John Hathaway's win against Diego Sanchez a fluke?
Hathaway's last fight was a surprising upset of Diego Sanchez, who had lost to BJ Penn in a lightweight title fight his last time out. Hathaway was seen as an easy fight in Sanchez's return to the welterweight division. Hathaway will be fighting in his home country against 27-fight veteran Mike Pyle at UFC 120. While Pyle is not seen by many as tough of an opponent as Sanchez was, he is not a fighter to be overlooked. If Hathaway wins, he would have five straight wins in the UFC and could easily be given a number one contenders fight.
Question 2: Does Yoshihiro Akiyama belong in the UFC?
Akiyama will face Michael Bisping this Saturday and is coming off a submission loss to Chris Leben. His fight before that was a split decision victory over Alan Belcher, which many felt should have gone to Belcher. Akiyama has switched camps and is now training with Greg Jackson's camp. As many fighters know the UFC wants fighters who win and two straight losses and a controversial win could easily lead to Akiyama being given his walking papers.
Question 3: Is Paul Sass for real?
Paul Sass is 10-0 with nine of those wins by submission, eight of which came in the first round. Sass will face Mark Holst who lost his UFC debut to John Gunderson. If Sass can get a quick submission win, he could easily see himself on the televised portion of a UFC card soon.
Question 4: Has Dan Hardy's takedown defense improved?
In Hardy's last fight, Georges St. Pierre was able to take him down at will. Saturday he will face Carlos Condit who has been training with Greg Jackson's camp which is full of high caliber wrestlers and Jackson helps train GSP. If Hardy has not worked on his wrestling it could be a long night.
Question 5: What level of viewership will UFC 120 pull in going against college football?
Dana White has said that in the future the UFC will surpass all other sports in worldwide popularity. On Saturday UFC 120 will be on Spike TV and will be going up against college football games on ESPN and ESPN 2—all three are basic cable networks. The UFC's target demographic is 18-34 year old men which is also a large part of the audience for college football games. It will be interesting to see how UFC 120's numbers compare to the numbers for college football.
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