So here is the main card with my predictions:
Featherweight bout: Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung (Korean Zombie) WIN
Welterweight bout: Claude Patrick WIN vs. Brian Ebersole
Light Heavyweight bout: Tito Ortiz WIN vs. Antônio Rogério Nogueira (Lil Nog)
Heavyweight bout: Frank Mir WIN vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (Big Nog)
Light Heavyweight Championship bout: Jon Jones WIN vs. Lyoto Machida
The main event is very interesting. It was originally Machida vs Phil Davis, then Rashad Evans vs Jon Jones and now finally we have Jon Jones vs Lyota Machida, which I think is the best combination of all the match ups.
Jon Jones is a phenom in this young sport, he has lost one (through DQ due to illegal elbows, whilst destroying Matt Hamill), but he has been facing a lot of criticism recently for some strange reason. This tends to be the case with most of the champions, GSP and Anderson Silva are also suffering plenty of abuse. The reason for Jones' flack appears to be because people are questioning if he is the pound for pound best fighter in the world, yet he is still young. So what if he is young, he's beaten Rampage, he's beaten Rua, Hamill (I know he didn't, but watch the fight, he DID beat him), Bonnar, Matyushenko and Bader. He's beaten some fantastic fighters and he's defended his title. I am not saying that he IS the greatest fighter in the world at the moment, but I am saying that he might be.
This matchup with Lyoto Machida has me intrigued. First things first, Jon Jones will win. But I do have high hopes for Machida in making this battle interesting. The last time we saw Machida, he was doing the karate kid crane kick to the face of Randy Couture. He frustrated Tito Ortiz, KO'd Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva, but he has also lost to Rampage and Rua. If I were a betting man...actually I am a betting man, so I'm putting money on Jon Jones to win this one. As unique a style as Machida has (and it is unique), Jon Jones is equally unconventional. Jones though has got both the stand up and the takedown elements to his game, along with the surprise attacks. Jones all the way.
Big Nog is on his comeback trail after finishing off Brendan Schaub, but Frank Mir is too much for him. Mir is equally good on the ground, but we've seen that Mir is exceptionally good in his standup. I don't know how it will end, but Mir will be the victor.
I'm a Tito Ortiz fan, I even have his action figure (no, really, I do). He's recently changed his nickname from “The Huntingdon Beach Bad Boy” to “The People's Champion”, which is very strange to me (and I'm sure The Rock agrees), but this won't affect his fighting style. Not only do I like Tito Oritz, but I think that Lil Nog is not very good. Lil Nog's record goes against my oppinion, with a record of 19-5, beating Dan Henderson and Alistair Overeem in his career, but his UFC performances have been very lackluster. If Lil Nog losses, he'll be cut from the UFC in my oppinion, but what about Ortiz? He was one loss away from being cut from the UFC not long ago, he won that fight, lost another and now he's back again. What's more interesting for me is not the fight, but what'll happen after the fight. We'll have to wait and see.
Forget all the other fights on the card though, it's all about The Korean Zombie vs Mark “Look at the size of that thing on the side of his head” Hominick. This has all the makings of a classic standup war, so let's hope that it is. Hominick showed that he belongs here after his close loss to Jose Aldo, and The Korean Zombie has been in two of the best MMA fights I've ever seen.
Having already had The Ultimate Fighter finale, UFC 140 tonight and then UFC 141 at the end of the month, this is one hell of a month for MMA fans.