By Benjamin Bieker
UFC 158 New Main Event
As soon as Chris Weidman had knocked out Anderson Silva, there was already talks of a rematch happening before the year was out despite Silva saying he did not want to compete for the title anymore. Now, his tune has changed and the new Year’s Eve card is going to be packed, because the rematch between SIlva and Weidman will take place on the same card as the rematch between Tate and Rousey. This is a good thing considering that the Tate and Rousey fight is a lot less intriguing because Tate did not offer much offense in their first fight, and at least the Silva and Weidman fight has intrigue since it seems like it was Silva’s arrogance that made him lose that fight.
TJ Grant Injured
As soon as Anthony Pettis was injured and out of the bout with Jose Aldo, he started to opine for TJ Grant to be pulled from his lightweight title fight and be matched up with Henderson instead. A lot of people took that statement as him being very arrogant and self entitled, but if he had just waited a bit longer he would have been put into the fight since Grant has suffered a concussion. Now, Pettis will get his shot at the lightweight title, and hopefully Grant is still the next contender.
The Count vs. A Wrecking Machine
Mark Munoz looked the best he ever had when he trounced Tim Boetsch recently. Now, all that hard work is being paid off, because he is lined up with one of the biggest fights of his career against Michael Bisping. These two are essentially jockeying for the number five slot int he UFC. While the rematch for the title is already set at middleweight it is unknown who will challenge for it next. It is likely the winner of this bout could face off with the winner of Ronaldo Souza and Yushin Okami for the next title shot.
Top Bantamweights Battle in Brazil
While this bout was supposed to take place on the third Fox Sports 1 card, the Raphael Assuncao and TJ Dillashaw bout is not set anymore. These two are still going to fight, but no one knows where it will happen. These two have a very good shot at getting a title shot with a win or at least get into a number one contenders bout with a win. At bantamweight, Barao is set to defend his interim title for a second time against Eddie Wineland, and hopefully the title will be unified after that fight with Dominick Cruz. Outside of those three, there is only three other fighters with at least two straight wins. Urijah Faber is one of them that is looking for his third straight win against Yuri Alcantara at the first UFC on Fox Sports card. Dillashaw has won four straight since losing the TUF crown to John Dodson. Three of those four wins were finishes with his last two being knockouts. Assuncao has won four straight since moving to 135 which matches Dillashaw’s streak but his wins were not nearly as impressive, but with five straight wins no one fighter will really be ignored.
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