UFC returns this summerThe fights this year should be exciting.
Published 4/20/2012Comments (0)
It has been too long since I have heard Bruce Buffer yell, “It’s time.”
Fortunately, I do not have to wait any longer — this weekend starts off a series of great fights. With only two weeks of school left, I want to point out three fights that people should make sure not to miss during the upcoming summer months.
UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans.
This weekend, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones defends his title against ‘Sugar’ Rashad Evans. This fight is very interesting, but seems a little bit one sided. Ever since Jones has joined the UFC, he has been unstoppable. He defeated ‘Shogun’ Rua to earn the title, then defended the title twice against ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Lyoto Machida. In all of those fights, Jones was never really rocked and never in trouble of losing any fight. Evans earned the title shot when he defeated Phil Davis in Chicago. But in the fight, Evans did not really blow anyone away with his fight performance, and defeated an inferior fighter because of his title experience. While I don’t see any way Jones loses this fight, Evans may have something up his sleeve that no one is prepared for, so it can’t be counted as an automatic win for Jones. The fact that these two trained together at Jackson’s MMA and were friends but now are forced to fight each other is the biggest storyline here. With two fighters who know each other well, this could be a five-round classic fight.
Prediction: Jones wins by submission in round four.
UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem.
This fight should appeal to everyone — who does not like to watch the biggest men in the UFC brawl? This fight is one of the biggest fights to ever happen in the heavyweight division, with the latest UFC champion fighting the former Strikeforce champion. Both fighters like to stand and throw punches, which makes this a boxing match and an evaluation of who can withstand punches the longest. Overeem ran into some recent controversy when he failed a doping test, which puts this fight in jeopardy. But Dana White confirmed that Dos Santos will defend his title at UFC 146, and I still feel that you will see Overeem in the octagon against Dos Santos. If Overeem is allowed to fight, expect a lot of swelled up eyes and bloody noses.
Prediction: Overeem wins by TKO in round three.
UFC 147: Silva vs. Sonnen 2.
This is the fight I am most looking forward to seeing out of these three fights. Anderson Silva, arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, will face the only man who has really come close to taking the belt away from him since Silva earned the title in Chael Sonnen. In the first encounter, it appeared that Sonnen was going to win the fight and had Silva up against the ropes. But Silva miraculously submitted Sonnen in the fifth round with a triangle arm bar. This second fight may not be as crazy as the first, but I can only expect another great fight, with both fighters having a genuine dislike for one another.
Prediction: Silva wins by unanimous decision.
These are the three fights that I am most looking forward to. They present interesting storylines, well-rounded fighters and some bad blood that will be settled in the octagon. The UFC is surging in popularity right now, and the fights in the coming months will only help propel the sport’s popularity, which means great fights for years to come. As a fan, it does not get any better than this.