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The 411 MMA Top 5 6.28.13: Week 103 - The Top 5 Most Anticipated UFC Title Fights
Posted by Larry Csonka on 06.28.2013





Welcome:
Welcome back to the MMA Top 5! What we are going to is take a topic each week and all the writers here on 411 MMA will have the ability to give us their Top 5 on said topic, plus up to three honorable mentions. It's highly non-official and final, like WAMMA.


TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED UFC TITLE BOUTS

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The UFC has eight title fights scheduled to close out 2013. But what is the most anticipated of these bouts? The 411 staff ranks them…



Dan Plunkett
  • HM 3: UFC Flyweight Title Bout – Champion Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga
  • HM 2: UFC Featherweight Title Bout – Champion Jose Aldo vs. The Korean Zombie
  • HM 1: UFC Heavyweight Title Bout - Champion Cain Velazquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III

    5. UFC Lightweight Title Bout - Champion Benson Henderson vs. TJ Grant - I almost feel bad for leaving the heavyweight title fight off the list, but I really think they're rushing the match. With Henderson vs. Grant, you have a champion looking to set a new mark for lightweight title defenses (though two of the first three were debatable decisions) against a guy that's looked awesome recently.

    4. UFC Women's Bantamweight Title Bout - Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II - The first fight was great, and their fights since haven't provided any reason to believe the rematch will disappoint. Plus, the build to the match should be really good.

    3. UFC Light Heavyweight Title Bout – Champion Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - Jon Jones is always a must-watch, and Alexander Gustafsson is his first deserving challenger since Rashad Evans in April of last year. It will be interesting to see how Jones deals with a fighter taller than him, though I don't give Gustafsson the greatest of chances in this fight.

    2. UFC Welterweight Title Bout – Champion Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks - I think Johny Hendricks has a better shot at beating Georges St-Pierre than any of St-Pierre's previous challengers had. That may not be saying a ton given how many of St-Pierre's opponents have been long-shots, but it's something. St-Pierre, 32, is firmly entrenched in the #2 slot on the list of the best fighters in MMA history, but he's shown more vulnerability in the two fights since his ACL tear than he had in any fight since 2007. He was knocked down against Carlos Condit (though his reaction to being hurt was very impressive) and he noticeably tired against both Condit and Nick Diaz. In Hendricks he faces a guy with a hammer in his left hand, which could spell doom if St-Pierre slows down even a little bit. Plus, Hendricks has the wrestling to make St-Pierre's night difficult in the wrestling department.

    1. UFC Middleweight Title Bout – Champion Anderson Silva vs. Chris Wiedman - It doesn't get much better than this. The greatest of all-time, that we can back up with records anyway, against a deserving challenger that is perhaps the fighter best equipped to wrest the title from him. Weidman, 29, has the wrestling to take "The Spider" down and the submission defense to avoid getting caught like Chael Sonnen. However, he also hasn't fought in a year which could hurt his performance. With Anderson Silva getting up there in age at 38, each fight of his seems more and more important and his first real loss since 2004 seems more and more likely (okay, with the exception of the Bonnar fight). Silva vs. Weidman on July 6 is a can't-miss fight.

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    Jonathan Solomon
  • HM 3: UFC Flyweight Title Bout – Champion Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga
  • HM 2: UFC Lightweight Title Bout - Champion Benson Henderson vs. T.J. Grant
  • HM 1: UFC Light Heavyweight Title Bout – Champion Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson

    5. UFC Featherweight Title Bout – Champion Jose Aldo vs. The Korean Zombie - All things considered, the most dominant champions in MMA are Jon Jones and Jose Aldo. They have displayed their immense skill longer without showing the slightest weakness in the cage. In fact, between the two, the worst you can come up with is the fact that Aldo was ill going into his fight with Mark Hominick in 2011 and ran out of gas over the course of those five rounds. Aldo has ran through a who's who of 145-pounders since he established himself in WEC. Cub Swanson, Mike Brown, Manny Gamburyan and Chad Mendes have all been knocked out. Urijah Faber, Hominick, Kenny Florian and Frankie Edgar gave valiant efforts but lost decisions. Mendes, a powerful wrestler, had his takedown attempts rendered nil before he was finished due to a knee. Now, you throw The Korean Zombie into the equation and while he doesn't match up too well on paper, you're guaranteed an explosive fight.

    4. UFC Heavyweight Title Bout - Champion Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III - While I fully anticipate this rematch will be akin to the first rematch last year, it's still a match-up of the best two heavyweights in the world. Is it Fedor/Big Nog circa 2003 or 2004? No, it is not. It's not even comparable to Fedor/Cro Cop in 2005 in terms of the overall anticipation level. Yet, Velasquez has the ability to be the most dominant heavyweight since Emelianenko and to date, the only man we've seen knock that house down has been JDS. The fight also has a weird vibe to it in reference to the fact that should dos Santos lose again, where does he go from there? Sure, the heavyweight division today may not be deepest in the world, but he'll still almost definitely need to win at least 3 fights to get another crack at the gold. Meanwhile, I want to see if Cain actually has the ability to knockout JDS, something that has never happened.

    3. UFC Middleweight Title Bout – Champion Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman - I like Chris Weidman in this spot, but I won't go all GSP on you here and guarantee the Long Island native will become the next UFC middleweight champion in a about a week. While I kept the Jones/Gustafsson fight off my top five because I do not see much of a reason to believe the Swede will either A) provide an exciting fight or B) put Jones in much danger, Anderson Silva fights take on a whole new meaning. He is the greatest fighter in the history of modern MMA and has been as dominant a champion as we have seen, taking on all comers at 185-pounds. Does Weidman have the striking skill to put a hurting on the Spider? I do not know for sure. What I can talk about with confidence is the fact that the guy is a bull and as long as he doesn't have a case of Vitor Belfort-like fear when he steps inside the cage on fight night, he could put Silva in some bad positions. Provided Chris is in shape (no reason to believe he will not be, this is not a fight on short notice) and does not let the aura of Anderson Silva psych him out, this should be a more competitive fight than some are assuming. The 38-year-old legend has to lose eventually, right?

    2. UFC Women's Bantamweight Title Bout - Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II - Most definitely. Any Ronda Rousey fight is appointment viewing, I don't care who her opponent is. The fact that this fight will take place following three months of television featuring the champion and Miesha Tate bickering with The Ultimate Fighter is an added bonus. Perhaps there is no other fighter in MMA today who can match Anderson Silva in terms of plain excitement when they're competing quite like Rousey (no other UFC champion provides a comparable environment, easily). Their first match was incredible with Tate doing her best to fight off the armbar and eventually succumbing to it like everyone else who has stepped up to fight Rousey has. Can she become the first fighter to buck that trend?

    1. UFC Welterweight Title Bout – Champion Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks - More than any other title fight listed above, I believe Johny Hendricks can and will defeat GSP in November. His violent power gives him the one-punch KO ability that will keep St. Pierre weary in the octagon. The only bit of caution I sense for Hendricks is the fact that the Canadian may render the Oklahoman's wrestling strength moot. Plus, Johny will have to close a long reach gap in order to catch GSP, who definitely will not be engaging in a brawl. Georges wants this fight on the ground and it will be up to Hendricks to force him into a boxing match. If he can, the historic championship reign of St. Pierre's is going to end.

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    Jon Butterfield
  • HM 3: UFC Flyweight Title Bout – Champion Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga - With the sheer lack of coverage this division gets, I'm not really interested who the champion is – and since it's almost certainly a decision due to Demetrious Johnson's involvement, this is one I'm not particularly excited for.
  • HM 2: UFC Women's Bantamweight Title Bout - Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II - I'm not buying the women's division just yet, especially when the champion is pitted against another overmatched opponent – let alone an overmatched opponent she's already beaten pretty easily once already. Fast forward to Rousey vs McMann and we'll talk.
  • HM 1: UFC Lightweight Title Bout - Champion Benson Henderson vs. TJ Grant - It's not that I don't think this is a fun fight, because I do – it's just that TJ Grant has had to emerge from the preliminary quagmire with very little help and with very little fanfare to propel him to the realms of general interest. Yes, I personally have witnessed Grant's rise, but due to the UFC's booking policies, I can't expect many others have. His win over Gray Maynard may have occurred on a PPV main card, but every other fight has taken place either on the televised prelims, or, more frequently, on facebook! Is that how you book a challenger? Not if you expect people to be interested... Poor, UFC, poor.

    5. UFC Featherweight Title Bout – Champion Jose Aldo vs. The Korean Zombie - Despite the fact that this is a blatant reshuffle (ie, a fight the UFC felt so unworthy of our attention that they were prepared to bring a fighter down from the lightweight division just to garner ratings), it's still fun. I understand the thought process behind the initial diss, because any guy who loses back-to-back (under ANY circumstances) to George Roop and Leonard Garcia probably isn't worthy of a big main event slot, but still... Zombie is more a cult icon than a megastar, and the reason for that is he's capable of almost anything. He's ultra-aggressive, highly talented, and a brilliant fighter to watch. He just doesn't have much chance against Aldo, that's all.

    4. UFC Welterweight Title Bout – Champion Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks - I find it increasingly difficult to get amped about Georges St-Pierre's title defences, because it's clear the guy isn't fighting to anything like his full potential. While it's boring listening to people criticizing GSP for failing to finish, it's even more boring watching GSP living up to the anti-hype. Georges remains one of the finest mixed martial artists in the world, make no mistake, but when was a worthy champion afraid of taking a guy like Jake Shields down? Somebody show GSP a video of Fedor vs Nogueira from PRIDE – or Jones vs Machida more recently – if you're the best in the world, you should be the best at EVERYTHING. Fedor wasn't afraid of Nogueira's guard, and Jones wasn't afraid of Machida's stand up – and God knows both those guys could have avoided those areas if they wanted to. So GSP, I beg you, make a statement, because I don't remember the last time you did. As for the idea that Hendricks can defend GSP's takedowns... well, there's a spark of interest I guess, but I doubt if he can.

    3. UFC Light Heavyweight Title Bout – Champion Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - I like Alexander Gustafsson, and I can't speak highly enough about his progress. Gus has great footwork, very good boxing, and outstanding takedown defense. The only problem is, Jon Jones is a freak athlete with phenomenal wrestling and an ultra-creative stand up base. I don't doubt Jones can take Gustafsson down, but I do doubt that he'd want to – knowing Jon Jones, the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion will want to beat Gustafsson in the stand up, only switching his attack if he encounters any problems. Gustafsson probably won't be overwhelmed by Jones, as Gustafsson is big and strong and technical and fast, but I do feel Gus will be on the back foot far more than in recent fights, giving Jones the upper hand. Jones is, essentially, the new Fedor Emelianenko – most guys lose before they even step into the cage, and I doubt Gustafsson is any different. It doesn't help that Phil Davis basically did to Gus what Jones could so easily do as well, and that has to play on the Swedish fighter's mind, even if Jones isn't likely to follow that MO.

    2. UFC Middleweight Title Bout – Champion Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman - Compare this fight to the Henderson-Grant fight, and you'll see why I ranked that as a mere ‘honorable mention'. Anderson Silva is the world's greatest MMA fighter, at least according to his accomplishments, and few can doubt his exceptional skillset. To use an awful Americanism, he's the "winningest" UFC Champion there is, and with good reason. He's phenomenal. The chances are he'll be far too much for young Chris Weidman, but AT LEAST Weidman has had some exposure. Weidman, who can wrestle, strike, and conduct himself pretty damn well on the ground, is the nearest thing there is to a prototypical 21st Century MMA fighter. People talk about Rory MacDonald and Michael McDonald, but Weidman appears to be the best of the bunch. BUT, with only 9 fights on his record, his chances of dethroning Anderson Silva are slim. I can't overstate the fact enough that Weidman hasn't fought anyone like Anderson before. He hasn't run through a gauntlet of world class strikers with outstanding takedown defense, has he? He should have at least been asked to beat one of Michael Bisping or Vitor Belfort before getting this opportunity, and while many may disagree that he'd struggle against such opposition, I only feel it would have helped here. Who is the most threatening striker that Weidman has fought? Alessio Sakara?!?

    1. UFC Heavyweight Title Bout - Champion Cain Velazquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III - So it comes to this – the fight people are either awaiting with baited breath, or just aren't that into. Let me give you three reasons that this is my most anticipated title fight:

  • The Background – no fight on this list has the same kind of background as this fight. We've had two fights already, neither of which were remotely similar. People saying that fight II would be the same as fight I were sorely mistaken – and I expect people saying fight III will be similar to either II or I will be just as wrong. Cain corrected all his mistakes from the first encounter, and I expect JDS to do the same here. We could, finally, see these two outstanding athletes fighting at the top of their game, with the most motivation they've ever had. What's not exciting about that?

  • The Closeness of Competition – With the exception of Demetrious Johnson vs John Moraga, I don't expect many of the fights on this list to be competitive. Grant-Henderson could be close, admittedly, but Silva, Jones, GSP, Aldo and Rousey appear to have very winnable fights ahead of them. While many are of the same opinion about this fight, given how dominant Velasquez looked against JDS last time, I cannot over-emphasize how unlikely a repeat of that second fight is. Junior is, has never been, and never will be a ‘one-punch' fighter, so to say he has nothing more than a ‘puncher's chance' is to show a serious lack of imagination. All it takes is two or three stuffed takedowns to sow the seeds of doubt in Cain's head, and if a faster, fitter JDS lands a few more shots without being caught on the back foot, then, my friend's, we've got a FIGHT!

  • The Stakes – the UFC Heavyweight division is much-derided, and sometimes for good reason. There have been some awful heavyweight fights in the last couple of years, but the higher up the ladder you go, the fewer bad fights you see. That's because you're not getting any Roy Nelson's or Ben Rothwell's competing for the belt. Most of the guys that fight in the uppermost echelon have a great skillset, good cardio, and unbeatable finishing power – after all, the statistics state that the heavier the fighters, the better the chances of a finish. They don't hit each other 1000 times a fight, but they don't need to. When you're fighting for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, you're fighting for the most recognizable belt in the most recognizable division – the stakes are at their highest, the chances of a finish are at their highest, and the predictability level is at its lowest - hence why nobody called the first two fights right.

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    Jeffrey Harris
  • HM 3: UFC Flyweight Title Bout – Champion Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga
  • HM 2: UFC Welterweight Title Bout – Champion Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks
  • HM 1: UFC Middleweight Title Bout – Champion Anderson Silva vs. Chris Wiedman

    5. UFC Women's Bantamweight Title Bout - Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II - I doubt Tate will be the one to topple the Ronda Rousey era, but I enjoyed their first bout, and I imagine the heat and intensity for this fight will be insane. I'm really looking forward to seeing how they play off each other on The Ultimate Fighter, and honestly Tate's positioned herself as the perfect heel going into this bout, unintentional or not. She got this fight because Cat Zingano got injured. Zingango finished her. No one else was ready to take the job. Trash talk for this bout should be awesome.

    4. UFC Lightweight Title Bout - Champion Benson Henderson vs. TJ Grant - I know Pettis is trying to shove his way into this spot, and I hope he doesn't. Provided this fight stays intact, I'm really looking forward to it. It's a crucial fight for Henderson as he could break the record for UFC title defenses in the lightweight division. Grant's been on an absolute tear since his move to lightweight and has been crushing his competition against some tough guys. He just knocked out the two time title contender in Gray Maynard, a fighter only former champion Frankie Edgar was previously able to finish. I enjoy watching Henderson's fights because of his toughness and his relentless, fast pace. Grant's rightfully earned this shot. So at a time when people complain about politics or business decisions granting title shots, don't think anyone can complain about this match-up.

    3. UFC Heavyweight Title Bout - Champion Cain Velazquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III - Interestingly enough, I was live in attendance for both of these fights. Ironically enough, the rubber match in the trilogy is scheduled to be held in my hometown, and it will likely be the only fight in their series I won't be able to see (due to a wedding). Still, I'm glad this fight is happening. This not the modern day version of Andrei Arlovski vs. Tim Syliva. Both of these guys are two of the best fighters and heavyweights on the planet. Both guys have beaten everyone else beneath them, and both guys have a win over the other. We could've seen a couple of other fights first. But regardless, I'm still going to happily watch and enjoy this fight. What annoys me the most about critics for this fight, is that they think the outcome is obvious. However, what people are ignoring is that when JDS won the first bout, he was the underdog. His win over Cain was a big upset win. Cain was the betting favorite. In the rematch? JDS was now the betting favorite, after seeing what happened the first time, people thought Cain wouldn't be able to take the punch from JDS and would get knocked out again. And yet in the rematch, what happened was honestly what I thought was going to happen in their first fight. And what happened in the first fight is what many predicted would happen in the second. I think that makes for a great scenario heading into their rubber match. I for one, can't wait.

    2. UFC Light Heavyweight Title Bout – Champion Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - So this one is official now for UFC 165. This is a good match-up, and a fresh challenge for Jones. A lot of Jones' critics complain his fights aren't fair and he easily beats his opponents because he's so much bigger than them. Jones will still enjoy a nice reach advantage on Gustafsson, but Gustafsson is another huge light heavyweight, that is actually taller than Jones, so people can't make that same criticism here. Gustafsson has rightfully earned his shot going 7-1 in the UFC and winning six straight fights. He does have the one lost to Phil Davis, but that was over three years ago. I'm not saying Gustafsson will destroy Jones and win the title, but to focus on a decision loss like that is pathetic, considering even Anderson Silva suffered a submission loss to Ryo Chonan of all people in Pride. Less than two years later he demolished Rich Franklin and won the UFC middleweight title.

    1. UFC Featherweight Title Bout – Champion Jose Aldo vs. The Korean Zombie - This is really the featherweight title fight I've wanted to see for over a year, so I'm overjoyed its happening. Not to mention, this is an actual featherweight fight. Zombie is undefeated at featherweight in the UFC and he's looked better and better with each fight. I liked the Anthony Pettis match-up, but he got injured, so I see this as the next best thing. Hopefully we see fireworks here.

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    Evan Zivin
  • HM 3: UFC Flyweight Title Bout – Champion Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga
  • HM 2: UFC Lightweight Title Bout - Champion Benson Henderson vs. TJ Grant
  • HM 1: UFC Featherweight Title Bout – Champion Jose Aldo vs. The Korean Zombie

    5. UFC Light Heavyweight Title Bout – Champion Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - I don't have a lot of reason to think that Gustafsson presents much of a challenge to Jones but he's a good, young talent and it will be interesting to see how a fighter the same size as Jones fairs against him. Jones is one of those few fighters who have so far shown to have virtually no weakness, or at least one that is easy to exploit, so I am curious to see if Gustafsson can do anything to hurt Jones in a way that former champions have all failed to do. Still, it doesn't seem like the most competitive of upcoming title fights up so it's lower on the list.

    4. UFC Heavyweight Title Bout - Champion Cain Velazquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III - The first two fights between these two were both exciting and completely different from the other. The first fight proved that if dos Santos lays a hand on you, you're going to sleep. The second fight showed that if Cain can outpace you and connect with the first significant shots, he will tear you apart for as long as it takes to claim victory. Trilogy fights are always fun and I look forward to seeing who, after two grueling contests, can execute better than the other and prove to be the superior heavyweight.

    3. UFC Women's Bantamweight Title Bout - Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II - This is another fight where it feels like there's no way the champion doesn't retain, but I am excited for this one because, besides the fact that the women always deliver quality fights, I love me a good grudge match and these two absolutely hate each other. It will be interesting to see how close they come to blows on The Ultimate Fighter and then we'll get to see all that built-up tension that has been building since Rousey first challenged Tate back in Strikeforce once again commence in violent fashion when they meet in the cage. I hope Tate has been working her armbar defense. Guess we'll find out.

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    2. UFC Middleweight Title Bout – Champion Anderson Silva vs. Chris Wiedman - My top two fights are similar in why I am looking forward to both of them. First off, I like Weidman. He seems like a genuinely nice guy with a good head on his shoulders, even though he has Matt Serra in his ear on a regular basis, and he is a wrestler with excellent submissions and very good striking with the ability to knock opponents out, which he tries to do every chance he gets. He is a very well-rounded fighter and presents an interesting challenge to the long-time champion. It's a fight where it's easy to pick Anderson to retain but there is a little doubt there because if Weidman uses his strikes to set up his wrestling and can get dominant positions on Anderson, he has a chance to win this. He has the skills to win this fight and I am excited to see if he can put those skills to use against the elusive Spider.

    1. UFC Welterweight Title Bout – Champion Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks - This is the fight I'm most looking forward to because Johny Hendricks is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC right now and I am so happy that he finally got a title shot after being denied for so long. Hendricks is going to be one of the toughest challenges that GSP has faced. He combines NCAA Championship wrestling with the heaviest hands of anyone in his division. It's scary how hard Hendricks hits and I know that if he lands that big left hand GSP could be losing his belt. This is a similar match-up to the middleweight belt in that it features a dominant champion versus a well-rounded wrestler with all the tools to be a champion if they can put it together when they need to. I give the edge to Hendricks over Weidman because GSP has been stopped in the UFC before so I know it's possible if Hendricks can do what Serra did. That and the fact that I think it sucks that Hendricks got passed over for a title shot in the past when he deserves to be here and I really want to see him do well. Now go kick some ass, Big Rig.




    Alex Rella
  • HM 3: UFC Flyweight Title Bout – Champion Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga
  • HM 2: UFC Heavyweight Title Bout - Champion Cain Velazquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III
  • HM 1: UFC Light Heavyweight Title Bout – Champion Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson

    5. UFC Welterweight Title Bout – Champion Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks - I like to watch GSP fight, but I just don't get overly excited for it anymore. GSP has established himself the second best fighter of all time and decision machine the past couple years. I don't Hendricks will beat him, but it does make for interesting matchup with his punching power and above average wrestling.

    4. UFC Middleweight Title Bout – Champion Anderson Silva vs. Chris Wiedman - I understand why they made this fight, but I really think Weidman could have used another fight against a top contender. He is a top wrestler with good striking but he's still so young and new to MMA. Anyway, the fight is happening and it has potential to be an exciting one. Anderson Silva is the best of all time so you're missing out if you don't watch him fight. I won't bet against Silva like I've done in the past, but hopefully Weidman pushes the champ.

    3. UFC Featherweight Title Bout – Champion Jose Aldo vs. The Korean Zombie - You could argue that Lamas deserved the title fight over the Korean Zombie, but I really like this fight. Aldo is the huge favorite coming into this and has been one of the most dominant champions of all time. Aldo should win this as he is so consistent and few fighters have been able to push him, but the Korean Zombie has that wildcard trait that makes anything possible. Aldo will likely win, but it's one of those fights where you get the feeling the Korean Zombie can pull off an upset if he just catches him at the right moment. If not, it still makes for an exciting matchup.

    2. UFC Women's Bantamweight Title Bout - Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II - Their first fight was awesome and I expect this one to be no different. Tate coming off a loss does put a little bit of a damper on things, but the fight was gonna happen eventually anyway. And it's going to be great to watch these two on TUF. They genuinely despise each other and it'll only add on to the feud. I'll still Rousey in the rematch though. Plus there's always the hope that Rousey just beats the shit out of Bryan Caraway at some point during the filming of TUF or even at the weigh-ins if he decides to elbow people in the back of the head again.

    1. UFC Lightweight Title Bout - Champion Benson Henderson vs. TJ Grant - This is going to be such an awesome fight. TJ Grant has been perfect since dropping down to lightweight and Henderson has been a great champion so far. This makes for such a great matchup because Grant is going to push Henderson like nobody has been able to in the UFC so far. Grant is so big for a lightweight and his style is so drastically different from Henderson's recent opponents. We're also going to see how Henderson does against his brutal brawling style. I really hope Pettis doesn't replace Grant.

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