UFC 134 Preview
- Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami. This is a rematch from their 2006 fight in which Okami won by disqualification after Silva delivered an illegal upkick to a downed opponent. Silva called Okami a coward when he refused to fight after receiving the kick. Yushin Okami has an impressive record at 26-5, but Anderson Silva is looking for revenge in his native country of Brazil. I believe Silva will be highly focused and we know what he can do when he is locked in. This should not go past the first round as I see Silva making quick work of the Japanese superstar.
- Light Heavyweight bout: Mauricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin. This is my pick for KO of the night. Shogun has “home cage” advantage, but is coming off of a devistating loss to Jon Jones, where Rua looked completely ineffective. He is going up against Forrest Griffin, who has won his last two fights via decision against Tito Ortiz and Rich Franklin. This fight should see little ground time and I expect a kick boxing match to break out between the two. Rua states he’s fully healthy and having the crowd behind him should give extra motivation to take this one, but it will be a battle.
- Heavyweight bout: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub. Minatauro has been a legend in MMA for over a decade, winning titles in the UFC (interim), Pride and WEF. However, at 35, Nogueira has been in some absolute wars and it looks like the end of his career is near. Brendan Shaub, however, is a young 28 and seems to be getting better fight after fight. The former TUF finalist recently scored a brutal KO of Mirko Cro Cop and looks to be getting closer and closer to entering into title contention. Big Nog needs to get this fight to the ground because I do not believe he can hang with Schaubs power. In the end, I believe Schaubs athletesicm and strengh will be too much to handle for the great Nogueira.
- Lightweight bout: Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson. Buckle up, because this one is going to an exciting fight … maybe fight of the night. Edson, the decorated Muy Thai expert is young, but had amazing potential. He will need to try and get Pearson to the ground as the English fighter loves to bang and has some power in his hands. These guys will bo going 100 MPH and it should be a great show, and I’m taking Barboza in a barn burner.
- Light Heavyweight bout: Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov. Both Cane and Nedkov are BJJ black belts, however, they like to stand and bang with big time power in both hands. Nedkov is making his UFC debut and the big stage may be a bit overwhelming which is why I’m taking Cane to win this fight via KO.
** side note: Joe Rogan will be replaced by Kenny Florian due to scheduling conflicts (Fear Factor).
The full card listed below.
- Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva (c) vs. Yushin Okami
- Light Heavyweight bout: Maurício Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
- Heavyweight bout: Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub
- Lightweight bout: Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson
- Light Heavyweight bout: Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov
- Lightweight bout: Thiago Tavares vs. Spencer Fisher
- Middleweight bout: Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller
Preliminary Card (televised in Brazil/Facebook)
- Welterweight bout: Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell
- Bantamweight bout: Raphael Assunção vs. Johnny Eduardo
- Featherweight bout: Yuri Alcantara vs. Felipe Arantes
- Bantamweight bout: Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland
- Welterweight bout: Erick Silva vs. Luis Ramos