UFC 156 Main Even Preview

By Jonathan K.

What a big weekend for sports this is going to be.  We have huge college and professional basketball games scattered throughout the weekend.  We also have the biggest football game of them all on Sunday.  However, on Saturday night all eyes will be diverted to UFC 156.  The card is going to remain completely intact which is unusually considering the previous UFC pay-per-views, which have been plagued by unforeseeable injuries and drug test failures.  It looks as though that UFC 156 is going to go on as planned.

Jose Aldo versus Frankie Edgar

The main event of the evening is a super fight as champion takes on champion.  Frankie Edgar is still the UFC Lightweight Champion and has dropped down to a featherweight to take on the Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo.  When you talk about the best fighters in the world both these names come up and the UFC has managed to put them in the octagon together.

Edgar has the opportunity to become the third fighter in UFC history to win championships in two separate weight classes.  Edgar is out to prove that he is not simply one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, but one of the best fighters in the world, period. The longer the fight goes the more it favors Edgar, who is used to taking fights to the distance.

Aldo wants to send Edgar packing back to the lightweight division.  Aldo is going to be trying to hold on to his own legacy in this fight.  Aldo is quicker than Edgar and will be looking to end the fight early.  Aldo often gets wore out as fights progress, though, he does have a very good ground game so he may still be able to pull out a win even if Edgar brings the fight to the ground.

The money line for this bout favors Aldo at -215.  The money line to bet on Edgar is at +185.

Rashad Evans versus  Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

This is a fight that could have very well headlined a UFC pay-per-view if need be.  These guys have similar styles and are finally going to clash in the cage.  Both Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira have absolutely everything to prove in this fight.

Evans has the definite advantage in this fight.  The sports book place him as a huge favorite with a money line at -470.  Evans is faster, stronger and a better wrestler than Nogueira.  If this fight goes to a decision there is no doubt in my mind that Evans will pick up the win.

With that said, it is not impossible for Nogueira to secure a win.  Nogueira, even at 36-years-old, still has tremendous knockout power and could easily catch Evans off guard.  Evans also likes to take fights the distance.  The longer Evans stays in the octagon with Nogueira the more chances he will give Nogueira to knock him out.