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This Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UFC will hold it's 142nd PPV.

A solid night of fights is expected, and I for one can't wait.  I'll have to record Tebow magic.

The main card is...

Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes.  Should be a great fight.  Aldo is considered one of the top P4P fighters in the world, and he's defending his belt against a highly thought of, undefeated Chad mendes.  It's hard to pick against Aldo until he actually loses, but many think Mendes has a good shot of taking the belt away from  him.  It'll be interesting to see if mendes can take Aldo down and keep him down.

Vitor Belfort vs Rumble Johnson.  I'm about 99% positive this one isn't going to the score cards.  Either way, I expect a (T)KO in this fight.  Rumble is a solid wrestler with a powerful standup game.  Belfort is more technical with his striking, so this should be an interesting fight.  I'll be backing Rumble since he's from Georgia, but I could realistically see this fight going either way.

Rousimar Palhares vs Mike Massenzio.  Bit of a missmatch IMO.  I'd be pretty surprised if Palhares doesn't win.  Palhares might be an ass, but his ground game is pretty impressive.

Erick Silva vs Carlo Prater.  Not big names, but exciting fighters.  Silva probably has the better standup up of the two, and while both are black belts in BJJ, I'd give Prater a slight edge on the ground.  This will be a big fight for Silva, his fight true test in MMA.  If he passes, he'll start climbing the ranks.  Should be a great fight.

Edson barbosa vs terry Etim.  I could see the fight going either way.  I think it will come down to Barbosa keeping the fight standing.  If he does, he will have the advantage, if he can't, it goes to Etim.  Tough one to call.

Your thoughts on the fights?  Predictions?

And if you're not already a member of the group, feel free to join, every member will have blogging rights.  And when the pick em gets posted, be sure to make your predictions, winner gets to choose group image and headline until the next fight.

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January 12, 2012  11:37 PM ET
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Best preview yet. Nice work UH. Usually I can add something of substance but I think you basically covered it.I will say Gray Maynard has said that Aldo has fantastic TDD, and considering Aldo has been training with Gray for this fight I think Mendes will have a difficult time taking Aldo down. I suspect he will once or twice but I don't think it stays on the ground long. On the feet its a total mismatch. I'm expecting this to look like Aldo's fight with Faber to be honest.I agree on the Rumble vs Vitor fight. I'm backing Vitor but Rumble could land a bomb and rock him. But I think Rumble might try and use his wrestling in this fight.I think Palhares and Silva both win convincingly, and I said this in my UFC 142 prediction TD, but Babroza might be a little overrated. (Waiting for wtf from someone) I think Etim is a damn tough kid, rangy like Baboza and has very underrated Muay Thai and his a slick grappler. We'll see though.

Thanks Jim.

I read the Maynard comments on Aldo's TDD as well, and I don't think Maynard would lie, and IMO, it makes for a long fight for Mendes.

January 13, 2012  03:18 AM ET

Great preview, Outlaw. It really is a much better card than it would seem at first glance. Probably won't do a lot of PPV buys but there are a lot of action fighters on the card so there should be plenty of finishes.

Belfort-Johnson is brilliant matchmaking. A win for Johnson makes him an instant new contender at MW (which is thin at the top compared to several other divisions) and a loss doesn't derail him because he facing such a legit experienced guy for his first test at the new weight.

Erick Silva is going to smash Prater. He looks like he has all the potential in the world.

And I'm glad to see Gonzaga back in the HW division. Always a good test for new fighters or for top guys that need to get back off the schnide.

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January 13, 2012  12:14 PM ET
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Great preview, Outlaw. It really is a much better card than it would seem at first glance. Probably won't do a lot of PPV buys but there are a lot of action fighters on the card so there should be plenty of finishes.Belfort-Johnson is brilliant matchmaking. A win for Johnson makes him an instant new contender at MW (which is thin at the top compared to several other divisions) and a loss doesn't derail him because he facing such a legit experienced guy for his first test at the new weight.Erick Silva is going to smash Prater. He looks like he has all the potential in the world. And I'm glad to see Gonzaga back in the HW division. Always a good test for new fighters or for top guys that need to get back off the schnide.

Agreed all the way around. I love the Belfort-Rumble matchup. I'd like see see a Georgia born fighter get a title shot eventually. Bowles was born in West Virginia and Forrest Griffin in Ohio.

January 13, 2012  12:22 PM ET
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Pretty frakking good blog for someone who didn't feel like doing it in the first place. Well done.

Thanks, Nerb

January 13, 2012  01:18 PM ET

This card is sofa king boring, I fell asleep reading Outlaw's preview.

By the way, Outlaw, are you aware that "UH" is not an abreviation for "Outlaw?"

January 13, 2012  02:04 PM ET
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This card is sofa king boring, I fell asleep reading Outlaw's preview.By the way, Outlaw, are you aware that "UH" is not an abreviation for "Outlaw?"

Who is Outlaw?

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January 13, 2012  10:35 PM ET
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Ruble weighed in at 197. Completely unprofessional and should be s hit canned.

Missed weight by 17 pounds? Georgia boy let me down.

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January 13, 2012  10:50 PM ET
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12 pounds. He has to weigh in again tomorrow and be under 205. Totally unprofessional. He says the weight cut made him sick and the doctors filled him with fluids which is why he missed by so much.

It's late, forgive my math. Under 205? Is it not a MW fight anymore?

Dana can't be happy.

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January 13, 2012  11:49 PM ET
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Ruble weighed in at 197. Completely unprofessional and should be s hit canned.

What a complete meathead.

This was his opportunity of a lifetime. A win over Vitor (without this BS) would have put Rumble right into the mix at the top of the division and earned him a ton of exposure and credibility.
Instead, he drove himself to the top of the owners' shjtlists and he also spits in Joe Silva's face.

On one hand, I'd like to see him end up in BAMMA, MFC, or some other second rate promotion.

On the other hand, I'd love them to feed Rumble to Bones or Mir next so that Rumble gets to think long and hard about his weight violations while his broken bones are healing up. Or just put him in there with Paul Harris and no ref. Brazil doesn't have a commission, anyway.

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