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?
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