Though the main event, it not being a championship match or #1 contender status, does not have as much relevance as these past couple of UFC events, the Main Card is filled with some pretty cool, potentially exciting fights.
The main event fight, to me, seems a little bit of a mismatch, considering the difference in weight and caliber of recent opponents. It's still a fight I want to see. Maybe Cro Cop will walk in there, stalk Frank Mir, stuff a couple of take downs here and there and pick him apart until he either sends him to the hospital or the cemetery, depending on his mood. More than likely, he's going to get out boxed and/or out grappled and finished within the first 2 rounds by Frank Mir, but people are allowed to dream, and maybe this is the fight where he finally gives us the awesome head kick KO.
In my opinion, the most interesting and exciting match in the whole card; the Co main event puts up-and-comer Ryan Bader against an established top level fighter in Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The fight could go either way. Lil' nog has pretty crisp boxing and his last name is Nogueira, so I'm pretty sure he's a whiz on the ground. Bader has heavy hands and power wrestling. Due to Nogueira's performance against Jason Brilz and how dominant Bader has shown to be against all his previous opponents, including Keith Jardine, I say Bader takes it. He's young blood and seems to have the tools to make Nogueira another stepping stone but it should be a pretty competitive fight.
Chris Lytle and Matt Serra, both with solid ground skills and a knack for throwing haymakers, are scheduled to duke it out as the third fight of the night. Matt Serra, after losing to Hughes, got himself a win over Frank Trigg and is out to prove he's still a top 170-pounder. Chris Lytle, though he's lost most his fights against top fighters including Koscheck and Alves, he always puts on a show and didn't seem too outmatched by either of the contenders. Though I think Matt Serra will walk away the winner thanks to his big overhand right, Chris Lytle has the boxing skills and reach advantage to make it his fight.
Another battle between experienced veteran and up-and-comer, Evan Dunham VS Sean Sherk is scheduled to be the second fight of the night. Evan Dunham came out nowhere with his undefeated record, submitted Efrain Escudero and out grappled and out boxed Tyson Griffin. He remains undefeated and looks to add and even bigger name to his win list. Sherk has been missing for like a year and a half now, last seen in his loss to current champ Frankie Edgar. Though Sherk climbed to the top and once held the title at 155, he has recently opted to try and box with whoever's in front of him instead of shooting for the takedown, and has resulted in a couple of losses. With recent releases from top fighters due to losses regardless of an exciting performance and more lightweights climbing up the ranks, Sherk should go back to his wrestling roots and fight to keep his job, even if people think it's boring. I see Dunham using his reach to outbox Sherk and his ground skills to control the ground game for a decision win.
by. Enrique Cabral