The UFC invades Montreal, Canada this evening for UFC 113 which features the highly anticipated rematch between 205-pound champion Lyoto Machida and top contender Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The two faced off last October at UFC 104 in a bout that featured the most controversial decision of 2009.
Many fans and media members believed that Shogun had won the fight, but judges decision kept the strap around Machida’s waist. The two will look to finally settle the score.
In the night’s co-main event, Ultimate Fighter alum Josh Koscheck takes on Paul Daley in a fight that will determine the next challenger for welterweight king Georges St. Pierre’s title. As if number one contender status wasn’t enough, the winner will also coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter reality series opposite GSP.
UFC 113 also features main card bouts between Alan Belcher and Patrick Cote, Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens, and a slugfest between heavyweights Kimbo Slice and Matt Mitrione.
Kimbo will be looking to continue to show his improvement from street fighter to mixed martial artist when he steps into the cage with his rival. The two fighters have bad blood that dates back to their time in the TUF house and this fight will likely end with one of them laying unconscious on the mat.
Here are the ‘UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II’ picks:
* MAIN EVENT:Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (for light heavyweight title)
PREDICTION: Lyoto Machida def. Shogun Rua via unanimous decision
* Paul Daley vs. Josh Koscheck
PREDICTION: Josh Koscheck def. Paul Daley via unanimous decision
* Jeremy Stephens vs. Sam Stout
PREDICTION: Jeremy Stephens def. Sam Stout via second-round TKO
* Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Matt Mitrione
PREDICTION: Kimbo Slice def. Matt Mitrione via second-round knockout
* Alan Belcher vs. Patrick Cote
PREDICTION: Patrick Cote def. Alan Belcher via unanimous decision