At the top you have George St. Pierre and John Fitch. Fitch can catapult himself into the top 10 pound for pound rankings with a victory tonight. For GSP, a victory means a clash of two of the sports biggest stars in December with BJ Penn.
Heath Herring is coming off a big win against Cheick Kongo at 82. Brock Lesnar is coming off a loss to Frank Mir at 81. Lesnar was originally suppose to fight Mark Coleman. Coleman is a Hall of Famer who is 43 years old and for all intents and purposes should have been a stepping stone for Lesnar. I thought that was what the UFC wanted. However, when Coleman was injured during training, the UFC inserted Herring into his slot. This creates a big match-up of up and coming contenders in the heavyweight division. Although there is certainly more pressure on Lesnar to impress, Herring can really make a name for himself with a win.
In what Dana White is calling a fight of the year candidate, Kenny Florian will take on Roger Huerta. Several, months ago when this fight was rumored there was some bad blood floating around the fight world and internet fight community between these two. They both have since publicly tried to squash that notion. Regardless, these are two entertaining lightweights. Florian is ready for a title shot and with a win he undoubtedly puts himself in that position.
Jason MacDonald Vs. Demian Maia
Manny Gamburyan Vs. Rob Emerson
Kenny Florian Vs. Roger Huerta
Brock Lesnar Vs. Heath Herring
Georges St-Pierre Vs. Jon Fitch
I flip flopped all week on Jason MacDonald but decided that Maia’s jits would get the best of him. Only one of Maia’s fights have ever gone to the judges. That included to submission wins in the octagon. He is also undefeated. Gamburyan is a pit bull. He is relentless and as long as his shoulder hold u, he should pull out a decision. I really think that Florian is the most sure thing on this main card. The problem being that the lightweight division is so fast paced, truly anything could happen. I think the betting community has undervalued Herring and at nearly 2:1 he is a solid investment. I cannot get on the Fitch bandwagon. Everyone is all over this guy now. He has won 7 fights in a row in the octagon. And eight win here ties him with Royce Gracie. Although, personally, I will be rooting for him as I am not a big GSP fan. There is one thing that both GSP fans and haters must agree on; a GSP victory equals a GSP/PENN II and that benefits everyone.