Australia will host a UFC event for the very first time Saturday night when UFC 110 takes place in Sydney. To be accurate, it will actually be Sunday afternoon local time in Sydney in order to cater to the normal Saturday night schedule for fans in the United States. The main event will be a heavyweight battle between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez.
UFC fans in the Huntsville, Alabama area will be able to watch the fight at many local restaurants and bars. A few suggestions are Bumpers on University Drive, Hooters on University Drive, and Mickey's (upstairs of Club Rush) in the downtown area.
This article presents some analysis and predictions for the five main card bouts of UFC 110.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria (32-5-1, 1 NC) vs. Cain Velasquez (7-0)
The winner of this fight will be in line for a heavyweight title shot sometime in the future. Shane Carwin and Frank Mir will be fighting at UFC 111 for the interim title since Brock Lesnar will be sidelined for a while. The winner of the Nogueria/ Velasquez fight will probably face the winner of the Carwin/ Mir fight later this year.
Nogueria is a former Pride heavyweight champion and has a great deal of experience against top level mma competition. Velasquez may prove to be one of his toughest opponents to date though. Six of Velasquez's seven wins have come by way of knock out. However, Nogueria is not likely to be knocked out since he only has one career knock out loss (against Frank Mir at UFC 92). Velasquez should be able to control the pace of this fight by using both his wrestling and striking skills. Prediction: Velasquez by decision.
"The Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva (32-10-1, 1 NC) vs. Michael "The Count" Bisping (18-2)
Silva has lost three of his four fights since coming back to the UFC after the Pride organization went under. He has lost five of his last six professional fights overall dating back to late 2006. However, all of the fighters he has lost to over this stretch are arguably much better than Bisping. Bisping is a decent fighter, but has had his record padded by mediocre competition in the UFC. UFC 110 will be a great opportunity for Silva to show that he is still one of the most dangerous mma competitiors in the world. Prediction: Silva by knockout.
Joe "Daddy" Stevenson (31-10) vs. George Sotiropoulos (11-2)
Both Stevenson and Sotiropoulous are former competitors of The Ultimate Fighter. Stevenson won the season two welterweight competition. Sotiropoulos lost in the semifinals while competing in season six. Sotiropoulos' fighting style is a combination of boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. His best chance against Stevenson will likely be to go for a submission on the ground. There should be ample opportunity since Stevenson relies heavily on wrestling. Stevenson is also capable of winning by submission, however most of his submission victories have not been against fighters with the grappling and submission skill set of Sotiropoulos. Prediction: Sotiropoulos by submission.
"The Dean of Mean" Keigh Jardine (15-6-1) vs. Ryan "Darth" Bader (10-0)
This should be one of the most exciting fights of the night. Bader is the winner of The Utlimate Fighter season eight and is a rising name in the light heavyweight ranks. Jardine has fought most of the top guys in that division, including Thiago Silva, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Brandon Vera, Chuck Liddell, and Forrest Griffin. Jardine has an eccentric personality and dangerous kickboxing style. It is difficult to judge where he stands in the light heavyweight division since he has not won or lost more than two fights in a row since joining the UFC. Jardine's experience and toughness should favor him against Bader, but this fight is really a toss up. Prediction: Jardine by decision.
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (16-7) vs. Anthony Perosh (10-5)
Cro Cop is a legend of K-1 and Pride due to his outstanding kickboxing skills. He has not found the same level of success in UFC though. Cro Cop's last fight was a disappointing loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 103. Perosh is a last minute stand in for the injured Ben Rothwell. This fight will be a good chance for Cro Cop to get back on the winning track. Prediction: Cro Cop by knockout.