Brock Lesnar (5-2, 4-2 UFC) vs. Alistair Overeem (35-11, 1nc, UFC Debut)
This takes place on FRIDAY night. The UFC decided not to compete with New Year’s Eve. Though kissing your best guy or gal while Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem square off in the middle of the Octagon sounds about as romantic as it gets theses days. I mean, this is billed as more than 500-pounds of
muscle-bound beefcakes monsters getting ready to throw down for a shot at the UFC Heavyweight title.
In all seriousness, Lesnar versus Overeem is the ultimate “wrestler versus striker” contest and it has convinced me to stop trying to break down every fight on the main card because everything sounds exactly the same. It’s a waste of my time and yours to play MMAdlibs every week or two. I think I’m rooting for Brock because he’s good for business. The fact that he hasn’t fought since last October could be a problem, but if he is truly healthy, perhaps just being a freaking beast wins out.
Donald Cerrone (17-3, 1nc, 4-0 UFC) vs. Nate Diaz (14-7, 9-5 UFC)
Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz are going to provide the rare fight between two guys who look like they want to fight each other that won’t end up boring. Neither guy knows how to take it down a notch. Diaz – like his brother – is an insane goon. He’ll either give out or take a hellish beating. It’s in their DNA.
As for Cerrone – and listen to this whole thing before you tell me I’m dumb – Cerrone is probably the only guy who has had 2011 that can be mentioned alongside Jon Jones. The Cowboy is 4-0 and taking his 5th fight on Friday on short notice. He has finished three of his fights, and has a Fight, Submission and Knockout of the Night award for his troubles. There is a lot of juice for this fight – especially considering a possible title shot for Cerrone hangs in the balance. This should be aweosme.
Jon Fitch (23-3-1, 1nc, 13-1, 1nc UFC) vs. Johny Hendricks (11-1, 6-1 UFC)
Yes, Jon Fitch is back to bore us and wonder why he isn’t getting a title shot. You know in the last episode of Community when Britta comes out to sing her song and Dean Pelton says, “Oh, Britta’s in this?” That’s how people feel about Jon Fitch cards.
Alexander Gustafsson (12-1, 4-1 UFC) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (26-5, 7-3 UFC)
Cliche Alert: Veteran versus up-and-comer.
Jim Hettes (9-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. Nam Phan (17-9, 1-2 UFC)
Hopefully, Hettes can submit Phan off main cards for good. I don’t care how he does it. Toe hold? Sure. Knee bar? OK. Sticking Phan’s nose in his armpit until he taps? Sure! Whatever works.
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
Junior Assuncao vs. Ross Pearson
Danny Castillo vs. Anthony Njokuani
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Sean Pierson
Efrain Escudero vs. Jacob Volkmann
Luis Ramos vs. Matt Riddle
Manny Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes
Finally, it should be noted that tomorrow’s card takes place at 10pm Eastern. I’m not sure why the UFC is going back to the 10pm start time, but I’m guessing its because they hate me. Adjust your schedules accordingly.