UFC on Fox 2 will be airing on your local Fox station this Saturday, Jan. 28th, starting at 8 P.M. Eastern. The televised portion of the event will feature 3 bouts:
Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman: Originally for this card, Mark Munoz was slated to fight Chael Sonnen, while Maia was scheduled to fight Michael Bisping. But when Munoz got injured, Bisping was pulled from his scheduled bout to fight Sonnen instead. Maia, needing a new opponent, was given Chris Weidman who took the fight on 2 weeks’ notice. Maia is a Brazilian Jiu Jitzu wizard, while Weidman is a former All-American in wrestling at Hofstra University. Weidman – trained by former UFC welterweight champion Matt “The Terror” Serra – has looked good since entering the UFC. He has shown a very good ground game that is more than just wrestling. Expect this fight to go to the ground, as Maia should look to impose his high-level BJJ on Weidman, while Weidman looks to use his wrestling. However, I think Weidman is well versed enough in submission defense and can mount some offense of his own on the feet or on the ground that he will pull off the upset. Prediction: Weidman by decision.
Chael Sonnen vs. Michael “The Count” Bisping with the winner getting the next title shot for the UFC Middleweight Title: Sonnen is the only fighter who’s given Anderson Silva (best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world today) any trouble fighting since Silva arrived in the UFC. In fact, Sonnen was dominating Silva for 4 and 1/2 rounds before his Achilles heel was exposed yet again and he got submitted via a triangle choke. Sonnen should win this easily by decision. Bisping is a good fighter, but he does not have KO power in his hands and he does not have the submission game on the ground to give Sonnen fits when Sonnen takes him down (Yes, I said “when”, not “if”). Sonnen has lost 5 times since 2005, while winning 14 times, and those 5 losses have come by submission against high-level, black belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners (Silva, Maia, Paulo Filho, Jeremy Horn and Babalu Sobral). Michael Bisping is NOT a high-level BJJ practitioner. Prediction: Sonnen by decision after 3 rounds of brutal ground and pound.
“Suga” Rashad Evans vs. “Mr. Wonderul” Phil Davis: If Evans wins, he will get the next Light Heavyweight title fight vs. his old training partner Jon “Bones” Jones. Davis is a former National Champion in Wrestling in 2008 while at Penn State. He’s only 9 fights into his MMA career, and while he’s already very good, he still has a ton of potential. Evans is a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, has lost only once in 20 career fights, and is a top 3 fighter at 205 lbs. Evans’ experience will be the deciding factor here, along with his stand-up being at a more advanced stage than Davis’ at this point. Prediction: Evans by 2nd round TKO.