UFC 166 is Saturday night, and fight nights get this dude’s blood going. Nothing like watching world class athletes beating on each other for 3 to 5 rounds for our enjoyment. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED???!!! The preliminary fights have Hector Lombard VS Nate Marquardt. Lombard was underwhelming in his UFC debut against Tim Boetsch (who happens to have a fight scheduled before Lombard at 166). There was a lot of hype and talk after Lombard exited Bellator, rode on a 25 fight win streak, walked through recently cut Palhares at UFC on Fox 6, and lost to recent UFC cut Yushin Okami. Marquardt hasn’t fared much better since winning the Strikeforce title. Here’s hoping they get out of that funk and give us a great match.
Gilbert Melendez VS Diego Sanchez is a fight that puts together two of the highest energy fighters the UFC has to offer. Sanchez, a submission specialist, has to try and do his thing against Melendez, who has excellent take-down defense. The only similarity is that both men have no issue going toe to toe. With the outstanding cardio both men possess, I wouldn’t be surprised if this fight went the distance.
Daniel Cormier VS Roy “Big Country” Nelson will be a great match that I’m guessing will not go the distance. Both of these men have the power to end the fight early, but Cormier is by far the more well-rounded fighter. Don’t count Big Country out though. He has great jiu-jitsu and has potential for one punch KO’s. Cormier said, win or lose, he’s dropping down to light heavyweight (and subsequently, a potential match with current LH champ Jon Jones). Losing this fight could jeopardize said match with Jon Jones and make his rise up the light heavyweight ladder tougher to climb.
The main event is the 3rd fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. The first fight between these two elite fighters went to Dos Santos with a first round KO and the heavyweight title. The second fight was all Velasquez in a total beatdown that I’m sure Dos Santos can still feel. Velasquez kept the same brutal pace for 5 rounds and put a beatdown on Dos Santos that we haven’t seen since Michael Bolton demolished the fax machine in Office Space. Damn it feels good to be a gangsta! Still, the match has potential to go either way. Let’s see which fighter brings his A-Game and gives us our PPV money’s worth! FIGHT NIGHT!!!