By Benjamin Bieker
Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
Davis has stated that she can beat current champion Ronda Rousey, and she has a chance to prove she is better than her in this fight. She faces the first challenger to the women’s title in the UFC in Liz Carmouche who showed her patented grit in a win over Jessica Andrade. Davis was less impressive with a decision win over Rosi Sexton. it is possible for the winner of this to be the next challenger for the belt considering that Cat Zingano is injured, Sara McMann is injured, and the only other top female in Sarah Kaufman has a recent loss to Rousey.
James Krause vs. Bobby Green
These are two dynamic lightweights that had two of the most impressive debuts in a long time. Green beat virtually hated Jacob Volkmann by submission in the third round, and that was after he got screwed by one of the worst ref stand ups in the UFC. Krause put on a clinic against veteran lightweight Sam Stout before submitting him in the third round. That earned him a huge bonus since he took submission and fight of the night. So, you can expect fireworks in this fight.
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Igor Pokrajac
In a loser leaves town fight, these two light-heavyweights are in survival mode. Cavalcante was popped for steroids, knocked out by Dan Henderson, and gassed in the first round against Thiago Silva in his last few fights. Pokrajac had a loss overturned due to his opponent failing his drug test, was submitted by recent UFC cut Vinny Magalhaes, and was out struck to a decision against Ryan Jimmo. One more poor performance from one of them earns them the boot.
Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
Mir and Overeem find themselves in a similar predicament, because with a loss in this fight they may be going to the unemployment line. Overeem was hailed as the real number one heavyweight in the world, and he looked like it when he knocked out former champion Brock Lesnar. Unfortunately, a failed drug test, the hands of Antonio Silva, and feet of Travis Browne knocked him out of too many fights. Mir is on a similar run with a knockout loss to Junior Dos Santos, a poor performance in a decision loss to Daniel Cormier, and a loss in the first round to Josh Barnett. Regardless of who wins, the loser may need to rethink his career.
Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham
This fight is all about redemption. For Cerrone, he always seems to be on the brink of title contention, but whether it is his mind or abilities he seems to freeze in fights. It happened when he fought Anthony Pettis, Nate Diaz, and most recently Rafael dos Anjos. Dunham was supposed to be the next big thing after winning his first four fights in the UFC, but losses to Melvin Guillard, Sean Sherk, TJ Grant, and Rafael dos Anjos have dulled his star. Whoever losses this fight will easily fall to the back of the lightweight line.
Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown
While this fight is not announced it seems like the logical matchup. Brown was set to face former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine, but it now seems that Saffiedine will not be medically cleared. This matchup was thought to be a very good fight after both fighters won their last fight, but White had other plans which now seem null and void. This would be a nice fight for Condit since he has faced multiple fighters who just want to wrestle him, and a good fight for Brown since Condit will not wilt under his punches. Look for the official announcement to come out soon.
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