This Saturday MMA fans are in for a treat. The UFC has put together a nice fight card for UFC 112 Invincible. There are going to be two title fights and also a match up with two MMA legends.
One of the title fights is going to be Anderson "The Spider" Silva defending his title vs. Demian Maia. Most people are picking "The Spider". He's undefeated in the UFC and everyone would agree that he has all the tools to be a great champ. Unfortunately, some of his fights, even though he's won, have not been exciting. He has been passive and unimpressive to the point where the crowd has booed him. I'm going out on the limb here and picking Demian Maia in this one. Some people are going to think I'm crazy, but Anderson Silva was taken down by Travis Lutter, a decent ground fighter and Silva had a bit of trouble on the ground until Lutter gassed and was submitted. Demian Maia is more than a decent ground fighter, some would say he's the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner in the UFC. I believe he will surprise MMA fans by finding a way to get the fight to the ground and beating Silva. Demian Maia by submission late in the third round.
The other title fight is BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar. This one is a no brainer. BJ Penn is a beast at 155. While Frankie Edgar has a nice record, and some nice wins to his name, it just doesn't compare to BJ Penn's experience. Experience and BJ Penn's superior technique will prevail. BJ Penn by ref stoppage in the 4th round.
An interesting fight on this card, is MMA legends Matt Hughes and Renzo Gracie returning to the cage after a long lay off and once again testing their skills. I think this one will go to the judges since it's a non title fight and will only be going three rounds. They're both too experienced to get knocked out or submitted. Should be a fun match up to see though. I'll take Renzo Gracie in this one by judges decision.
All in all, it's sure to be a good night of chingasos!