Saturday night in Las Vegas, the UFC has put together one of the best fight cards in recent memory. There are three matchups that are main events and must see. Two titles are on the line. It's going to be a holiday treat for fight fans all over the world.
Forrest Griffin has become one of the most popular fighters in the world today. His care free attitude and his all out style make him very entertaining. It just so happens that he is one of the best fighters in the world also. In his last fight, he defeated Quinton "Rampage" Jackson to become the light heavyweight champion. His first title defense is going to be a tough one.
Rashad Evans gets the first shot to take Forrest's title from him. Both fighters are extremely well rounded and have exceeded expectations in the mma world. Griffin won season one of the Ultimate Fighter and Evans took the crown on season two.
Forrest is known as one of the hardest working fighters in the game. He wants to be the best at what he does and it shows. His stand up game is rock solid. His kickboxing skills have improved every time he's been in the octagon. While he doesn't have one punch knockout power, his striking is very accurate and will take its toll. The key against Rashad will be his take down defense.
Rashad Evans is a world class wrestler and is a guy to me that just has the "it" factor. Like Forrest, he seems to get better and better every time he steps into the cage. Training with the likes of Nate Marquardt and Georges St. Pierre, it would be hard not to get better. The improvement in his standup game was on display when he scored one of the most brutal knockouts in UFC history when he put mma legend Chuck Liddell to sleep. Evans will need solid standup if he wants to be the new champion.
In this title fight, I am expecting a great showing by both fighters. It will be one of the most tactical fights you could see as both fighters are very good in every aspect of the fight game. On paper, this is a pick em. I do have a feeling that there will be a new title holder however in the light heavyweight division.
The second main event puts two of the best submission fighters in the world against each other, and they're heavyweights. That isn't supposed to be the case.
The interim heavyweight title is on the line when current champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira takes on former champ Frank Mir.
I am pumped for this one. There are many people that aren't giving Mir a chance in this one and I have no clue why. He's got a great shot to get his belt back.
These fighters are mirror images of each other. Both guys love the submission game and won't hesitate to break a limb if given the opportunity. Two of the smartest fighters ever to get into the octagon will try to outwit each other. The first mistake that is made could end the fight as both guys are so good at taking advantage of the smallest miscues.
The standup in this fight should be the key. Both champions are solid in this aspect and will need it to get the upper hand. I think Mir has the striking advantage and will use it to become the title holder.
The winner of this fight will move on to fight Brock Lesnar. Frank Mir would like nothing better to get another fight with Lesnar, to prove the first win wasn't a fluke. I have a feeling he will get that chance.
Main event number three is a third fight between two of the most popular fighters in the world. Wanderlei Silva looks to win his third fight over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
These two fighters met twice in Pride and Silva came out on top with knockout victories. This is a true grudge match, Silva and Jackson just don't like each other. They will get to beat each other up in what could be a number one contender fight. The winner of this could very easily get the winner of the Evans Griffin title fight.
Unlike the other two main events, I don't expect a tactical fight. This is going to be a street fight. I would be very very surprised if this fight doesn't end by knockout or TKO. Both fighters love to brawl and this could be the fight of the year. Expect a fireworks display in this one and don't miss it.
Full fight card:
Champ Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans (for UFC light heavyweight title) Champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir (for interim UFC heavyweight title)C.B. Dollaway vs. Mike MassenzioQuinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei SilvaMustafa Al-Turk vs. Cheick KongoDean Lister vs. Yushin OkamiAntoni Hardonk vs. Mike WesselReese Andy vs. Matt HamillBrad Blackburn vs. Ryo ChonanPat Berry vs. Dan EvensenUFC 92 is labeled as "The Ultimate 2008" and rightfully so. The card is loaded and is going to be phenomenal. For any fan on the fence, this is one pay per view event that you don't want to miss. It's going to be action packed with some of the biggest names in the sport on display. It is going to end a great year in the world of mixed martial arts and you don't want to miss it.