The first official UFC on FOX card has finally arrived and despite a late change to the main card the UFC has put together a very competitive and meaningful card on FOX. The night’s main card will feature three fights on Fox following the seven bout preliminary card that will air on Fuel TX. Originally all three main card bouts held title shot implications for the winner, but an injury to Mark Munoz forced him out against Chael Sonnen and moved Michael Bisping up the card. Chris Weidman was then tabbed to replace Bisping, who was scheduled to face Demian Maia to open the main card.
The Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman bout no longer has any immediate title shot ramifications but that’s not to say the winner couldn’t position themselves nicely within the division. Perhaps even earn a fight with Mark Munoz later this year for the next shot at the middleweight title.
The final two bouts on the card do hold title shots on the line for the winner in the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
In the co-main event Chael Sonnen wants a rematch with Anderson Silva and will get it should he defeat Michael Bisping. Sonnen has only fought one time since losing to Silva at UFC 117 due to a failed drug test and some outside legal troubles. Bisping on the other hand has fought three times during that span, including being coach on season 14 of the Ultimate Fighter. It’s a shame fans didn’t get the proper lead up for this fight as the trash talking between these two would have been insane.
The main event is a light heavyweight bout between former champion Rashad Evans and rising star Phil Davis. These two were supposed to fight at UFC 133 but an injury to Davis delayed the fight and Evans went on to defeat Tito Ortiz. Evans has won three in a row since losing his title to Lyoto Machida while Davis has yet to taste defeat and is 5-0 inside the Octagon. Evans has been waiting a long time for another shot at the light heavyweight title and a win could finally bring the fans the Jones vs. Evans fight they’ve been seeking.
Three events into the year and the bold predictions seem to be hovering around the 50-50 range, which is unacceptable. After going 6-4 with our UFC on FX picks we got back on the plus side at 15-14 overall and look to improve on that mark with our UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis predicitons.
Main card (FOX)
205 lbs.: Rashad Evans will defeat Phil Davis by Unanimous Decision
- Their wrestling will most likely cancel each other out, leaving the striking to determine this bout. Davis stays on the outside more than Evans which should keep him safe from the knockout but not help him on the scorecards. The aggression from Evans will allow him to out point Davis and earn himself a long-awaited title shot against Jon Jones.
185 lbs.: Chael Sonnen will defeat Michael Bisping by 2nd rd. Submission
- Sonnen is on a mission to get a rematch with Anderson Silva and Bisping is in his way! Sonnen will be able to get Bisping down and wear him down until he makes a mistake and Sonnen chokes him out. Make sure to stay for the post fight interview as it should be another instant classic from Sonnen.
185 lbs.: Demian Maia will defeat Chris Weidman by Split Decision
- The late opponent change is actually going to hurt Maia here because of the style differences between original opponent, Michael Bisping and new opponent Chris Weidman. Bisping doesn’t hold the same level of wrestling that Weidman has and Maia could find himself in trouble here. I expect a competitive bout that goes the distance with the submission attempts from Maia earning him a razor-thin decision.
Preliminary card (Fuel TV)
155 lbs.: Evan Dunham will defeat Nik Lentz
265 lbs.: Mike Russow will defeat John-Olav Einemo
145 lbs.: George Roop will defeat Cub Swanson
145 lbs.: Charles Oliveira will defeat Eric Wisely
155 lbs.: Shane Roller will defeat Michael Johnson
265 lbs.: Joey Beltran will defeat Lavar Johnson
185 lbs.: Chris Camozzi will defeat Dustin Jacoby