Super Bowl weekend typically means a super-sized card presented by the UFC, and this year is no exception.
UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar goes down Saturday night from Las Vegas, with Jose Aldo placing his UFC featherweight title on the line against Frankie Edgar.
The main card, which airs on pay-per-view, also boasts a co-main event between Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, along with Alistair Overeem meeting Antonio Silva.
Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva
Dana: Alistair Overeem should be able to figure Antonio Silva out early in the first round. With a title shot riding on a win, Overeem needs to make sure to not give Silva any kind of hope. If Silva is able to withstand the expected onslaught by Overeem in the opening round, he could pose a dangerous threat. Remember, Silva toppled Fedor Emelianenko. The loss to Daniel Cormier, though, just makes me believe Overeem will out-strike Silva and pick him apart much like he did Brock Lesnar. Alistair Overeem via first round KO
Joseph: This is a match of Alistair Overeem’s feet against Antonio Silva’s hands. Both can end a fight with one blow and that could happen here. Overeem has been away now for a year since his suspension and Silva is coming off a win over Travis Browne. It wasn’t an impressive win, rather luck that Browne got injured early on. Overeem has been promised a title shot if he wins and Silva looks to land in the top five. This one won’t be pretty and shouldn’t last long. Expect both to come out with offense, but Overeem’s the better overall striker. Alistair Overeem via second round TKO
Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Dana: If Rashad Evans does not win this fight, he will have failed to properly train for Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The amount of “big” match experience Evans carries, along with his previous UFC title win, just makes him a huge favorite over Nogueira. However, Evans failed to prepare 100-percent for his first title defense with Lyoto Machida, and that didn’t end well. Both fighters are coming off lengthy delays, so that should equal out. Look for Evans to go on the attack early, unleashing his dangerous hands. Rashad Evans via first round KO
Joseph: Rashad Evans needs to make an impact after losing to Jon Jones as he waited over a year for his title opportunity. Evans has beat some of the best in the sport and if he wants another title shot, whether that’s as light heavyweight or middleweight, he needs to go through “Little Nog.” Nogueira is passed his prime and Evans should be able to box his way around him. This fight is more about what’s next for Evans. What weight class should Evans fight in and can he come back from his loss to former partner Jon Jones are the two main questions to look for in this one. Rashad Evans via decision
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Frankie Edgar for Aldo’s UFC featherweight championship
Dana: Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar are going to put on a show. Either these two will go the distance and make a case for “Fight of the Year,” or Aldo is going to continue his finishing ways early. Edgar has shown a great sense for recovering, but Aldo is the most feared striker he has ever faced. Aldo goes for blood when sense it, and Edgar needs to be mindful of that. For Edgar to succeed, he must use his wrestling base and break Aldo down. Kenny Florian tried this in a previous fight, so Edgar has likely watched that film a few times since. Nevertheless, featherweight is Aldo’s territory, and he will find a way to solve “The Answer.” Jose Aldo via second round TKO
Joseph: The super-fight that has been talked about for some time, finally happens after being booked nearly six months ago. There is no doubt that José Aldo and Frankie Edgar are two of quickest in the UFC. When it comes to speed, Aldo is easily the faster of the two. Edgar comes in as heavy featherweight and has said he feels comfortable making the 10 pound drop. While fans like to see a knockout, I don’t see that happening in this title fight. This should be 25 minutes of repetitive offense and could be fight of the year. The fight is a tossup, but I think Edgar is hungrier. Frankie Edgar via decision