UFC 155 Preview


 

It’s finally here. After countless events, injuries and comebacks, we reach the end of one of the strangest years in MMA. Before the year ends, however, there is one more event to be taken care of — UFC 155. It features the heavyweight title as the main event, a rematch between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. The first fight between the two took just over a minute to end after a big hook from Dos Santos knocked down the former champion. In recent weeks there has been a video surfacing that shows Velasquez tearing his ACL prior the first defense of his belt on Fox. Dos Santos manager Ed Soares also came out after the fight and claimed that Dos Santos was not at full health for his fight, so this could be the fight that we expected the first time between two healthy fighters.

Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez (UFC Heavyweight title)

As stated above both fighters claim to have been injured prior to their first fight at UFC on Fox, therefore we have to expect a different game plan this time around. Velasquez is a former Division 1 wrestler at Arizona State and we have to expect him to go for the takedown this time around.

Minus 13 seconds, we have not seen Dos Santos on his back in the UFC. He is a black belt in jiu-jitsu, but has never faced a wrestler the caliber of Velasquez. In his previous title defense he went up against a jiu-jitsu expert in Frank Mir, but Mir does not possess takedowns the quality of Velasquez.

If Velasquez can get takedowns and utilize ground and pound, this could be a completely different fight than the first, but if Dos Santos is able to defend the takedown, will Velasquez be able to hang in a boxing match with the champion?

Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon

Lauzon was originally slated to face off against Gray Maynard at UFC 155, but a torn ACL scrapped that fight. The co-main event features two of the most exciting, not to mention durable, fighters in the lightweight division. Both possess outstanding jiu-jitsu and earn fight of the night bonuses. This should be one extremely fun fight, but don’t expect a finish from either fighter in this one.

Tim Boetsch vs. Costa Philippou

Philippou steps up on short notice after Chris Weidman was forced out due to a shoulder injury. This is probably a better matchup for Boetsch, although Philippou has outstanding boxing. Boetsch has reinvented himself since dropping to middleweight and while his last fight against Hector Lombard was not the most exciting he did earn his fourth straight win. He is one of the strongest middleweights and will need to utilize his wrestling background and strength to bully the more technical striker Philippou.

What else to look forward to:

Alan Belcher challenges Yushin Okami in a rematch of their fight at UFC 62. Both fighters have evolved since then and this is the most high profile fight for Belcher in his UFC career. He is looking to earn a title shot and a decisive victory over Okami could put him one win away.

Chris Leben returns to the UFC after a year long suspension and looks to get his first win since July of 2011. The time off may have done wonders for Leben, a fighter that has been in brawls throughout his career. It will be interesting to see whether Leben looks like a refreshed fighter that has recovered from some of the physical injuries and mental demons that have been with him throughout his career or if ring rust will play a factor in this fight.

UFC 155 Fight Card

Pay Per View Card:

Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez

Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon

Tim Boetsch vs. Costa Philippou

Yushin Okami vs. Alan Belcher

Chris Leben vs. Derek Brunson

FX Prelims:

Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland

Erik Perez vs. Byron Bloodworth

Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner

Michael Johnson vs. Miles Jury

Facebook Prelims

Phil De Fries vs. Todd Duffee

Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway

Chris Cariaso vs. John Moraga

 

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