Thursday, May 3, 2012

UFC on Fox 3 Preview - The Main Card

The classic animated Beatles film "Yellow Submarine" is being shown at the Ziegfeld Theater in digitally mastered form on Saturday night, at the same time the UFC on Fox 3 main card begins.  I'm just sayin'...  Anyway, I previewed the undercard, so now here's the main card. 

-Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz - Prior to his UFC debut, I had been cageside for all but one of Miller's fights (I missed his 2005 debut - maybe I was incarcerated or something).  Think I'm partial towards him kicking Diaz's ass?  Um, yeah.  So!  If the same Diaz that outclassed Don Cerrone shows up, Miller's in for an uphill climb, as Diaz should be on par with him on the ground and dangerous as fuck on the feet.  However, if the same Miller that snapped off Charles Oliveira's leg and put a dent in Kamal Shalorus' dome shows up, we'll likely witness the first atomic explosion to ever occur in the Octagon.  I'd say there's about zero chance this one is boring.

-Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks - Speaking of boring, did anyone see Koscheck's bout against Mike Pierce?  If so, I'm sorry.  Word is even Bellator champ Ben Askren turned his TV off in disgust.  On the flipside, Hendricks totally killed Jon Fitch with his heavy hands in his last time at bat, so at least we know he's capable of delivering some excitement, right?  Unfortunately, when faced with danger, Koscheck enters "huggy" mode, and since Hendricks exudes danger, we'll likely be privy to another Koscheck vs. Pierce-esque performance.

-Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher - Belcher has been doing a great job knocking the low-hanging fruit off the branches of the UFC's middleweight tree, but OH MY GOD PALHARES IS FUCKING CRAZY!  RUN!  HE'LL KILL US ALL!

-Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson - As the most likable heavyweight out there, Barry would make a great addition to a reality-based TV show on fighters who sing old The Mamas & The Papas songs whilst driving around in cars.  Too bad he loses about half the time he steps into the Octagon.  Johnson, meanwhile, only loses when he gets taken down and submitted; the rest of the time, he uses his fists to knock people retarded.  I don't see this one going to well for Barry, for although Barry has got great kickboxing skills, he's still Pat Barry.  Dude is going to the postfight press conference counting to "potato".