By JOHN SPECHT
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
It's a big weekend coming up for fight fans across the country, as the much anticipated rematch between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is set to go down. Let's take a closer look at the main televised card and what will probably transpire.
We will start with Alan “The Talent” Belcher (15-6) vs. Patrick “The Predator” Cote (13-5). Cote is coming off of a lengthy layoff after rehabing his torn ACL suffered in the title fight against Anderson Silva. Did I mention Cote has had the best showing against Silva? Belcher is trying for his 4th win in 5 fights. Belcher is always tough, but regardless of his layoff, I believe Cote will be too much for Belcher in all aspects of the fight.
In a huge fight regardless of what you might think of his skills, Kimbo Slice will be trying to push his record to 5-1 against Matt Mitrione after winning the biggest fight to date in his short career. It came in his UFC debut against Houston Alexander, and showed some of the advances Kimbo has made in his ground game as he worked Alexander over. It's hard to believe Kimbo is going up against someone with less of a fight pedigree than himself in “Meathead” Mitrione. Mitrione did look good in his last fight against Marcus Jones, but I will go with Kimbo on this one.
Next up we have the Jeremy Stephens vs. Sam Stout matchup. I don't see this one going the distance, as both will be trying to put their fists through the others skull. Normally I would go with Stephens, who owns the best uppercut KO in MMA, but I think the hands of fight vet Sam Stout will be too much to overcome for Stephens. Make mine Stout.
In the co-main event, we have the mop headed Josh Koscheck squaring off against the dangerous Paul “Semtex” Daley. Anybody with a nickname of an explosive material is probably going to come out swinging. Koscheck will be trying for his 4th win in 5 fights, while Daley is going for 5 wins in a row, with some big wins over the likes of Duane Ludwig and Dustin Hazelett. This also is my underdog pick of the night, as Daley will steal the win from Koscheck, who has been known to have a “bad hair day” everyday.
For the main event, we have what possibly could be fight of the year with Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida trying to remove any doubt from his previous win against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. It also is the most anticipated rematch since Randy Couture and the Iceman threw down for a second time. I think both fighters are going to come into the fight with a sense of urgency. Neither one will want it going to the cards the second time around. We will see basically what we saw the first time, except Machida will finish Shogun via TKO in the second.