Weigh-in Photos for UFC on Fox
If there was a fight weekend this is it. With the Manny Pacquiao fight happening the same day — the UFC will still make a huge splash on Saturday with the UFC on Fox. Some will even be able to see both, like me. I really can’t wait for Saturday to happen, but I’m excited to see what this whole new look with be on Fox.
UFC on Fox - Main Card:
- Cain Velasquez (Champion) vs. Junior Dos Santos
- Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson
- Dustin Poirier vs. Pablo Garza
- Cub Swanson vs. Ricardo Lamas
- Damarques Johnson vs. Clay Harvison
(Photos via Esther Lin / MMA Fighting)
QUESTION: Where will you be when MMA history is made on Saturday?
UFC Fight Night 24 was a night where “The Korean Zombie” stole the show. The crowd in Seattle roared when Chan Sung Jung snapped on that rare submission called the “twister” — the first in UFC history. Along with that, did we witness the rise of Phil Davis? On top of those fights, the UFC literally showed another 8 fights to their fans through Facebook and Spike TV.
1. Phil Davis continues his winning streak against Lil’ Nog
Phil Davis took this fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira when Tito Ortiz dropped out due to injury. Prior to Nogueira, Davis hasn’t faced this type of competition where he’s going against a slick boxer and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu black belt. During the first round, you saw the experience difference where Nogueira kept Davis at bay with his striking and takedown defense. Although, in the later rounds, the persistance by the NCAA Division I All-American kept at it and eventually took Lil’ Nog to the ground. The next two rounds were mathematical where Davis was able to control the fight on the ground. I think he’s going to work on his hands to improve his striking, but who’s next for this up and comer?
2. Anthony Johnson tricks Dan Hardy and outwrestles him
The pre-fight hype for this fight surrounded both Anthony Johnson and Dan Hardy chatting it up that they were both going to stand and bang. Little did Hardy know, Johnson seemed to have a different game plan. Initially they were both up for a shootout and then Johnson landed a head kick, then the wrestler came out of Johnson. Throughout the rest of the fight, Johnson consistently took down Hardy at will and finished the fight on top.
I can’t wait for UFC Fight Night 24. Why? This will be the first UFC event I’ll be seeing live and I’m super excited. The main card looks to be pretty sick with Dan Hardy, rematch between Leonard Garcia vs. The Korean Zombie, and the main event of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Phil Davis. There’s a total of 12 fights on this card, so this Saturday will be all MMA for me.
1. Phil Davis continues his rise up the ladder against a veteran
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was preparing to fight a one-dimensional fighter in Tito Ortiz, but now he’s going against a young gun who’s faster and stronger in Phil Davis. You may think they’re the same since they’re both wrestling based fighters, but having that extra step makes a huge difference in the fight game. I just hope that Davis takes it to Nogueira rather than doing the takedown / lay and pray type of game. I want to see bombs from the top, which will lead to a decisive TKO win.
Prediction: Phil Davis over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via TKO
2. Dan Hardy starts his comeback in impressive fashion
Anthony Johnson started training camp at 230lbs for a fight at 170lbs — that’s a lot of weight to cut. If he’s able to do it, he’s going to be quite dehydrated come fight time, which can really screw you up. Dan Hardy is coming back and definitely isn’t wanting to lose three in a row — so look for him to be on his toes looking to land some bombs. Hardy is just going to be quicker in the later rounds where as Johnson is going to be shaking off some rust after being out for over one year.
Prediction: Dan Hardy over Anthony Johnson via KO