Kicking off the card is a light heavyweight division fight as Luiz “Banha” Cane (11-3-0) goes into battle against Stanislav Nedkov (11-0-0). Luiz Cane has only won one of his last three in the UFC, with that victory coming over Eliot Marshall at UFC 128. Stanislav Nedkov will be making his UFC debut in this fight, but he does hold victories over UFC veterans Kevin Randleman and Travis Wiuff. This fight is going to be a slugfest, but I see Luiz Cane ending the long undefeated streak of his opponent.
The next fight will take place in the lightweight division as Edson Barboza (8-0-0) will battle Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson (12-4-0). Edson Barboza is currently undefeated in UFC competition, having defeated Mike Lullo and Anthony Njokuani. Ross Pearson has won four of five fights in the UFC, most recently defeating Spencer Fisher at UFC 127. This fight should be nothing short of a slugfest as well, but it will be Edson Barboza remaining undefeated in the end.
We jump into the heavyweight division for our next fight as Antonio “Minotauro” Rodrigo Nogueira (32-6-1) meets Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub (8-1-0). Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has not competed in well over a year and a half, with his last fight being a loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 120. Brendan Schaub enters the fight riding a four fight winning streak, most recently defeating Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 128. This fight will depend on which Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira shows up, but it will be Brendan Schaub picking up the biggest win of his career.
The co-main event is a light heavyweight division rematch as Forrest Griffin (18-6-0) takes on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (19-5-0). Forrest Griffin enters the fight riding a two fight winning streak, with those victories coming over Tito Ortiz and Rich Franklin. Mauricio Rua is coming off the loss of his UFC Light Heavyweight Title, which was to Jon Jones at UFC 128. The two fighters in this fight are completely different than the two that fought the first time, which is why Mauricio Rua will win.
The main event is a UFC Middleweight Title Fight as champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva (30-4-0) defends against Yushin “Thunder” Okami (26-5-0). Anderson Silva enters this fight riding a thirteen fight winning streak and has yet to suffer a defeat in the UFC. Yushin Okami is the last fighter to defeat Anderson Silva, which was a disqualification victory at Rumble On The Rock 8 in 2006. This fight could be a lot closer than most people think, but Anderson Silva will retain his title in this fight.
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