UFC 155 Preview

UFC-155-posterThe heavyweight division has always been one of the most revered divisions in all of combat sports. It has always been the biggest belt that anyone could earn as the heavyweight champion has always been the face of the sport. Muhammed Ali, Joe Fraser, and Mike Tyson were just a few of the heavyweights who became the face of boxing when they won the belt. In the UFC the heavyweights are not necessarily the face of the sport as dominant champions have the honour of being the man that everyone knows. Still the heavyweight division is a favorites of MMA fans with the biggest fighters standing toe-to-toe and exchanging. This can usually lead to big knockouts and amazing fights which is what makes the heavyweight division so exciting. Not only do the fighters put on great fights but the heavyweight division is also home to one of the most even divisions in the UFC. There have been a total of 16 heavyweight champions in the UFC, light heavyweight is the closest to that number with 12, and there have been 6 champions since the beginning of 2008. Now it is Junior Dos Santos who reigns over the most powerful division in the UFC. Dos Santos has been the champion for a year now with one title defence under his belt. Many believe that Dos Santos is on the cusp of becoming the next great champion but that is easier said than done in the heavyweight division. The division has been far from cleared out like other divisions in the UFC with plenty of fighters lining up for a chance at the belt including some of the best young talent in the UFC. None of them will get a shot at UFC 155 as a veteran of the UFC will get a second chance to earn the belt. Cain Velasquez is a former champion who became one of only two people to beat Brock Lesnar in the UFC. This win would give Velasquez his title but he would not be able to defend it when he took on Dos Santos. The last time these two fighters faced it was one of the most important fights in UFC history. Velasquez and Dos Santos I was the first fight on Fox marking the first time that the UFC was on national TV and the heavyweight championship would headline it. Dos Santos would win the fight with a big KO in the first round as he would become the new heavyweight champion. After winning the heavyweight title Dos Santos would defend it for the first time against former champion Frank Mir. Dos Santos would have the same result against Mir as in his first title fight as he would KO the former champion this time in the second round. As Dos Santos began his reign as the champion Velasquez was looking to get back to the title fight. He would do just that with a very impressive win against Antonio Silva where he would earn the KO in the first round. The win would get Velasquez his rematch for the championship as he will meet Dos Santos at UFC 155 for the heavyweight title. Both fighters are very similar as they are both fairly well-rounded and prefer to stay on the feet. Velasquez is good on the ground as an NCAA Division-I wrestler and an All-American while at Arizona State. He prefers to stay standing though as a knockout specialist with 9 KOs in his 10 MMA victories. The champion is much the same as a Jiu Jitsu Champion who loves to stand and bang with his opponents. What makes Dos Santos so dangerous is his strength as one of the strongest heavyweight fighters in the division, which is saying a lot. His boxing is also outstanding as he holds 6 KO victories as a part of his 15-0 record. There is little question that both fighters will instinctively stand but with the last fight ending on the feet Velasquez may want to test Dos Santos’ ground game. As good as Velasquez is Dos Santos is just better in both places as I would expect a KO win for Dos Santos in the second round.

There will be another important fight in the Middleweight division for during the main card as two streaking fighters face off. The middleweight division will get a peek into the future of the division when Costa Philippou takes on Tim Boetsch. It wasn’t always supposed to be this way as injuries have ravaged the card and took Chris Weidman out of the card and gave Philippou a shot at a big fight. The one advantage that both fighters have is that they are a part of the middleweight division that has been essentially cleaned out by Anderson Silva. As a result these two fighters have a better shot of getting a title shot sooner rather than later. There are fewer people ahead of them and the winner of this fight will add to long winning streaks that make them top prospects in the division. Costa Philippou is one of the brightest rising stars in the middleweight division as he has a 4-1 record since entering the UFC in 2011. He is a promising fighter who loves to stand and bang and with a win against Tim Boetsch he may just be launched into the title conversation. That is easier said than done though as Boetsch is on his own winning streak heading into the fight. After an up and down UFC career Boetsch has begun to find a rhythm with four straight wins. Both fighters are looking to make if five straight at UFC 155 as they both have a chance to enter the conversation of the middleweight title challengers. It will be a great fight before the heavyweight title fight as the UFC looks to a number of injury replacements to fill holes including Costa Philippou.

 

Fight Card:

Main Event:
Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez [Heavyweight Title]

 

Main Card:
Jim Miller vs. Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon

Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch vs. Costa Philipou

Yushin “Thunder” Okami vs. Alan “The Talent” Belcher

Chris “The Crippler” Leben vs. Derek Brunson

 

Undercard:
Brad “One Punch” Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland

Erik “Goyito” Perez vs. Byron Bloodworth

Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard vs. Jamie Varner

Michael “The Menace” Johnson vs. Myles “Fury” Jury

Phil De Fries vs. Todd Duffee

Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso vs. John Moraga

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One Response to “UFC 155 Preview”
  1. jumpingpolarbear says:

    The main event is amazing but I love that the card has entertaining fighters like Todd Duffee, Chris Leben, Melvin Guillard, Tim Boetsch and Joe Lauzon on it too!

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