UFC is back and ready to showcase their 3rd back to back card as UFC Feather-Weight Champion Jose Aldo defends his Title against Former UFC Light-Weight Champ Frankie Edgar!
Jose Aldo is without question one of the top 5 best fighters in the world, no question about it. The Former Champion of WEC – “World Extreme Cage fighting” – quickly made a name for himself when he destroyed Urijah Faber & signed with the UFC! Jose Aldo became a true legend of this sport when he successfully defended his UFC crown in incredible fashion. He defeated Mark Hominick – Kenny Florian & Urijah Faber’s training partner Chad Mendes! Jose has not fought in over a year, so it’s safe to he’s prepared and ready to get back into the cage, and it’s against his toughest opponent yet (imo).
Frankie Edgar is the Former UFC Light-Weight Champion (155 Pounds) and has moved down in weight to (145 Pounds) to challenge himself for the Feather-Weight Crown. Frankie has accomplished a lot in this sport already, as he defeated BJ Penn in April of 2010 earning himself the Light-Weight Title. However Frankie’s journey had just begun as Gray Maynard quickly stepped up in line to face Edgar for the 2nd time. The fight ended in a draw, as an immediate rematch followed Edgar defeated Maynard in their third fight by KO! Frankie then faced Benson Henderson who defeated Edgar and claimed his title. Ben then defeated Frankie again when they rematched in August of 2012!
But now, Frankie Edgar is ready to tackle a new challenge as he makes his Feather-Weight debut against the champion Jose Aldo!
Co-maining this event is Former Light Heavy-Weight Champ Rashad Evans who takes on one of the legends In Antonio Rogerio Nogueira!
Rashad Evans is a true veteran of this sport, his ever improving skills never cease to amaze me. Rashad won Season 2 of The Ultimate Fighter and went on to compete against the toughest guys in the business. Rashad is a fighter who not only improves every fight but learns from his mistakes & comes back even better. His last fight against the UFC Light Heavy-Weight Champion Jon Jones really made Rashad his best. Rashad now knows what he needs to do to make the rematch turn in his favor. Rashad trains out of the “Blackzillians” which is home to some of the top ranked fighters in the world – Vitor Belfort, Thiago Silva, Alistair Overeem ect. Rashad is ready to begin his comeback and this saturday is his chance.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is a legend of the Mixed Martial Arts world, he has been around longer than most fighters have. Little twin brother of UFC Veteran Minotauro Nogueira, Antonio has fought in PRIDE, Affliction, HCF & now the UFC. It’s safe to say Antonio is always ready to fight. The Nogueira brothers are known for their superior JuJitsu & have the ability to tap out any human being period. But don’t let the ground game fool you, the Nogueira brothers have improved their stand-up in every fight thus far. Antonio is never afraid of being taken down which this allows him to feel comfortable on his feet. Antonio is also an outstanding boxer as well, he represented his country “Brasil” in many boxing competitions. Antonio is not afraid to stand with Rashad Evans either. Antonio is coming off a victory of Tito Ortiz and now his eyes are set on Rashad.
Also to come is Welter-Weights Jon Fitch & Demian Maia!
Jon Fitch is a huge Welter-Weight contender and has fought big names such as BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Diego Sanchez and UFC Welter-Weight Champion Georges St-Pierre. Jon Fitch is a martial artist with a wrestling background which allows him to dictate where the fight goes. His striking is average and his submission skills are up to par with most BJJ experts, except for Damien Maia. It will be interesting to see Fitch’s game-plan going into this fight.
Damien Maia is the fan favorite in this fight. Damien Maia has some of the best JuJitsu in the UFC bar none. Damien is coming off of two huge wins over Dong Hyun Kim by KO & Rick Story by Submission in the very first round! Damien has moved down from Middle-Weight where he fought huge names such as the UFC Middle-Weight Champion Anderson Silva, Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman! Damien will look to stand up with Fitch & if things hit the ground, watch out for Maia’s superior ground game.
Alistair Overeem is back! The long awaited return is here as Alistar makes his comeback fight against Antonio Silva!
Alistar Overeem is a huge Heavy-Weight contender and is finally returning after his suspension of performance enhancements. Alistar has been around the game for a while and it’s not going to take more than one mistake to make me dislike him. Alistar has fought in PRIDE, Strikeforce, K1, and now the UFC! Alistar is coming off a 8 fight win streak against Todd Duffee, Fabricio Werdum and retired recent Former Heavy-Weight Champ Brock Lesnar.
Antonio Silva is nicknamed “Big Foot” because the 6’4 beast has shown his own skills inside the octagon by defeating Andrei Arlovski and Wesley Correira. Antonio fought in Elite XC, Strikeforce, and has now moved up to the UFC! His recently impressive victory over Travis Browne shows he’s ready and taking things serious after his terrible defeat from Current UFC Heavy-Weight Champion Cain Velasquez. Big Foot has impressive hands as well but has a serious BJJ Black Belt which allows him to pull of awesome submissions wherever the fight goes.
UFC 156 –
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