UFC 136 Fight Card: Bleacher Report MMA Staff Predictions

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UFC 136 Fight Card: Bleacher Report MMA Staff Predictions

Any sports fan who has the slightest interest in the UFC will be watching UFC 136 on Saturday. This one promises to be one of the best MMA cards in years.  

When guys like Anthony Pettis and Demian Maia are fighting on the prelims, it seems pretty clear that the main card is something special. 

The heavy-handed Melvin Guillard takes on submission specialist Joe Lauzon in a fight with big title implications in the lightweight division.  

At featherweight, Nam Phan takes on Leonard Garcia in a rematch of a 2010 showdown. Very few people who saw the fight believe that Garcia rightfully deserved the split-decision victory, so both fighters have something to prove here.  

In a middleweight battle that has gone somewhat under the radar on this card, Chael Sonnen has his return fight after a 14-month layoff against "The All-American" Brian Stann.  

Additionally, Jose Aldo fights Kenny Florian for the featherweight title in the co-main event. This is Florian's third title shot, an event that is rarely seen in the UFC. KenFlo believes that the third time's a charm, but does he have what it takes to dethrone one of MMA's pound-for-pound best?

Finally, in the main event, which needs no introduction, Frankie Edgar takes on Gray Maynard for the third time. Their last fight ended in a draw, while Maynard won the first meeting, so both fighters feel that they will put the exclamation point on this trilogy on Saturday. 

Dwight Wakabayashi, Jeffrey McKinney, Dale De Souza and myself, John Heinis, will be predicting the winners this time around.

Take a look inside to see who's getting his hand raised.

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