UFC on Fox 5 takes place Saturday on Fox and is no doubt the most stacked free card we have been given since the Fox deal started. The UFC gave us a title fight, two extremely promising prospects, and two legends all on the same card.
If you were lucky enough to watch the “Road to the Octagon” program on Fox last Sunday or heard any of the interviews this week, you know that there were a lot of questions raised from all the challengers involved.
Is Nate Diaz fighting the judges?
Diaz raised this point when he was on Inside MMA earlier last week. He and Cesar Gracie both feel that if the fight goes to the judges, Diaz will lose the fight no question. Throughout the interview they bring up the Condit-Diaz fight, but it seems a little ridiculous to believe the judges have ulterior motives and ill will towards the Diaz brothers. Yes, they may be brash, unprofessional and easy to dislike, however, there is no secret agreement amongst judges to never reward the Diaz’s with a decision victory.
Can a motivated BJ Penn defeat Rory MacDonald?
When BJ Penn is on he is one of the top fighters in MMA. We rarely get to see Penn at his peak, however, and instead see a Penn that attempts to coast by on natural ability. From all the videos and photos we have seen of Penn prior to this fight, he looks to be in the best shape of his life, but will this matter?
Rory MacDonald is one of the top up and coming fighters in the UFC. He nearly defeated former interim champion Carlos Condit and whipped around Nate Diaz like a rag doll in their fight. Macdonald is a beast and that’s the best way to put it. He is one of the new fighters who started training in MMA instead of one discipline and his all around skill set and size may be too much for Penn to handle.
Which Shogun shows up?
Shogun is looking to get another crack at winning back the belt that he lost from Jon Jones at UFC 128. Since that lost, he has given us one of the best fights in the history of the UFC and has looked good against Brandon Vera. Will the killer Shogun that always looks for the knockout show up or will we see the Shogun that didn’t look like he belonged in the cage with Jones? He is going up against another shining star of the future, Alexander Gustafsson, a fighter with the same physical attributes as Jones and may give Shogun trouble due to this.