Light Heavyweight Championship Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Lyoto “the Dragon” Machida. Bones comes into the fight at 14-1, with his only loss coming to a fighter named Bones Jones. Yes, he is so friggin’ good that the only way he can lose a fight is if he DQs himself bloodying some poor fighter. At 17-2, the elusive Dragon is riding high off his flying jump front kick KO of Randy “the Natural” Couture. The Dragon may be unorthodox, but Bones is so naturally gifted, and so friggin’ tall that he can knock out the Dragon while sitting on the crapper reading a newspaper. Once Bones catches up to the Dragon running backwards around the ring, I think it may be lights out for the Dragon in a potential KOTN.
Heavyweight Frank Mir vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. This is going to be a good fight. At UFC 92, Mir (15-5) tested that iron chin of Big Nog (33-6-1) and proved that Minotauro is not infallible by knocking him out in round 2. Fast forward, and Mir has gone 2-5 since then, and Big Nog has gone 3-1. Mir has been working more on his wrestling, as shown in his fight against Big Country in UFC 130. I see Mir overcoming Big Nog, hopefully with a bone snapping submission, but more than likely in a decision.
Light Heavyweight Tito Ortiz vs. Antônio Rogério Nogueira. Not to be confused with his twin brother, Big Nog, Little Nog (24-5) looks to shut that fat trap of the Huntingdon Bad Boy (16-9-1) and accelerate his impending retirement. Since both of these guys are slow, injured, and looking to put bad times behind them, I see a slow fight ending in a decision in Little Nog’s favor.
Welterweight Claude Patrick vs. Brian Ebersole. Claude Patrick (14-1) is 3-0 against a bunch of nobodies since joining the UFC and steps up to fill in for Rory MacDonald against Brian Ebersole (48-14). Ebersole has been called the White Anderson Silva, and possesses an iron chin that has survived 64 fights. Ebersole’s Muay Thai and ground game will win the match.
Featherweight Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung. Hominick (20-9) is one tough kid. Even when Jose Aldo pounded a watermelon-sized lump into his noggin, he refused to give up. The Korean Zombie is 15-6 against a bunch of nobodies in Asia. Hominick will kick the crap out of the Korean Zombie in what should be an exciting fight.