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Five reasons to watch UFC 136



1. Two belts on the line!

2. The main event is a rematch due to a fight in January that resulted in a draw. That fight is a candidate for fight of the year. If it was any indication of how this fight will go then be prepared for excitement. Will Edgar evade the punches that rocked him early in their last outing? Can Maynard keep the pressure high in order to win? Only 24hrs left to find out. What is more important is we can finally begin letting contender fight for the belt again, and this weight class is packed with skilled and eager fighters ready for their shot. In fact, two of the said contenders are fighting on this card.

3. I am more excited for this fight than the main event. Why? Two words. Jose Aldo. If you have read my last article then you may be familiar with what I think about him. Anderson Silva stated that if Jose was at 185 he would retire. Yes, Jose is THAT good. More incentive to watch? Ok... He is fighting Kenny Florian, one of the most accomplished and well round fighters in the world. If there is a key to beating Aldo then Florian is the man to find it. That is a big IF. Aldo is like a miniature, faster, more aggressive, better take-down defense version of Anderson Silva. Get ready to be amazed.

4. Chael Sonnen vs Brian Stann. This has the potential to become a lay'n'pray fight because of the tendency of Chael to do nothing but wrestle and the strong jaw of Brian. Brian though has heavy hands and each round starts standing so he has a punchers chance to finish the fight quickly. What this fight really shows is whether Chael will be able to rematch Anderson Silva after the one-sided performance he showed against him. Though an Anderson Silva/Brian Stann will be a much more exciting fight, the rematch with Chael will prove whether his first outing with Silva was a fluke.

5. Garcia and Phan were in a rock'em sock'em fight that ended in one of the most controversial judging decision in MMA history. Many MMA experts and fans, including myself, still firmly believe that Nam Phan won their first outing. This is his time to correct a black mark left by the judges in MMA history.

Not enough to lure you in? Here is some more...

The contenders I mentioned earlier that were sidelined by the Edgar/Maynard draw? Melvin Guillard and Anthony Pettis. Melvin will be fighting Joe Lauzon, a submission expert that can do everything else well. If you haven't seen the tear Melvin has been on click HERE. Anthony "Showtime" Pettis is a phenomenal fighter with skills that rival the best in the world. If you haven't seen his showtime kick or want to watch it again (who doesn't!) then click HERE. More angles? Click HERE. I just can't get enough of it. :)

Also Tiequan "the wolf" Zhang will be coming back into the Octagon. I have kept my eye on him for about a year and he keeps impressing. Future title contender? Watch and decide.

Demian Maia is fighting as well. The last time we saw him his stand up was much improved. If he becomes an excellent striker and combines it with his world class Jiu-Jitsu... a deadly combination and a threat to any fighter.

Now watch it!

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