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UFC 163: Main Card Breakdown

The UFC is back in Brazil this Saturday. UFC 163 is highlighted with featherweight champion Jose Aldo taking on the “Korean Zombie” Jung Chan-Sung.

Before that, there’s still the rest of the main card which is made of five fights. The main card airs on pay-per-view.

UFC 163 is tomorrow, August 3, and comes from the HSBC Arena. The prelims start at 7 p.m. ET on Facebook with the FX part set for 8 p.m. ET. The PPV gets underway at 10 p.m. ET. Stay with FightLine for play-by-play of the card and the events that follow.

Below is a breakdown of the 10 fighters who are on the main card.

Flyweight: John Lineker vs. Jose Tome
The main card starts with another flyweight contest. John Lineker failed in his UFC debut, in what was Fight of the Night. He has two wins since then with the most recent being in May. Jose Tome has been in the sport for a decade. He’s 33-3 and hasn’t lost since 2008.

Middleweight: Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson
As middleweights grace the Octagon, Thales Leites gets his second UFC chance. Following a 5-3 post for the UFC, which saw a title fight, Leites was gone. He needed to go 6-1 before the UFC resigned him. Tom Watson took Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night in his second UFC appearance in February. The former BAMMA champion has been requesting a fight for months.

Middleweight: Cezar Ferreira vs. Thiago Santos
The second and final middleweight bout of the main card is next. Cezar Ferreira joined the UFC at 4-2 and off several quick round one stoppages. He defeated Sergio Moraes to win The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil in June. Thiago Santos is 8-1 as he debuts for the promotion. It’s his first fight in over a year.

Light Heavyweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis
The co-main event could spell the next light heavyweight No. 1 contender. Lyoto Machida has taken a pair of wins since dropping his belt. He defeated veteran Dan Henderson earlier in the year. Phil Davis has one defeat to his name and has been moving up the division. He last defeated Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 159.

Featherweight Championship: Jose Aldo vs. Jung Chan-Sung
The featherweight gold will headline UFC 163 as Jose Aldo competes in front of his home country of Brazil. Aldo has over 20 wins as featherweight and his only defeat came in a lightweight fight back in 2005. Jung Chan-Sung was named as a replacement for Anthony Pettis. The last two years have been pretty nice for the “Korean Zombie,” earning Submission of the Year in 2011 and Fight of the Year in 2012. He’s finished his last three UFC wins.

For a breakdown of the prelims, click here.