It’s that time again!
Time for FightLine.com writers Dana Becker and Joseph Lisnow to try and predict what is going to happen at a major UFC event.
UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie takes place Saturday night from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the HSBC Arena. In the main event, Jose Aldo will defend his UFC featherweight title against Chan Sung Jung.
The co-main features Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis in a key light heavyweight contest.
Becker and Lisnow offer up their thoughts on how those two matches might go down below. And, as a reminder, FightLine will have complete coverage of the entire event.
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Chan Sung Jung for the UFC featherweight title
Dana Becker: Nobody is really giving Chan Sung Jung much of a chance, but this is MMA and anything can happen. However, with this fight taking place in Brazil, that makes Jose Aldo a different beast. Compare his fights in his native country to those in the U.S. and the UFC featherweight champion looks like a different fighter when he’s in front of his native fans. “The Korean Zombie,” though, is a fighter, and if he can avoid a heavy strike from Aldo – unlike Chad Mendes did – he has a chance. Jose Aldo via first round KO
Joseph Lisnow: “Korean Zombie” Jung Chan-Sung may keep pushing forward, but that won’t help when Jose Aldo is chopping away at his legs. It’ll be interesting to see how weight cutting was for Aldo. He struggled to make it last time and drew weary in the closing rounds. It’s an amazing chance for Chan-Sung who could pull another shocker of the year. Wherever Aldo wants to take the fight, Chan-Sung seems adaptable in most areas. Chan-Sung is coming off epic wins, so if he’s fully healthy this should be his best performance. Jose Aldo via fourth round TKO
Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis
Dana: Can the wrestler – Phil Davis – solve the karate artist – Lyoto Machida – in his own backyard? That is the million dollar question. Jon Jones had no trouble taking out Machida, while Dan Henderson failed to execute much offense vs. the former UFC light heavyweight champion. Davis, while a world-class wrestler, has shown skills on his feet and in the submission game. To win this fight, “Mr. Wonderful” will need to get Machida to the ground. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision
Joseph: I’ve never been impressed by Phil Davis and Lyoto Machida is coming off his boring win of Dan Henderson. The UFC has called Machida the light heavyweight No. 1 contender for some time, so that could weigh in the balance. Davis should use his wrestling and keep this on the ground if he wants to win. He could stand and bang with Machida, but it’s too risky. Machida needs a memorable win if he ever seeks another title shot and I don’t think “The Dragon” can stop this one. Lyoto Machida via decision