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Following a break from major events over several weeks, the UFC's schedule is about to pick up; with the fights that have been scheduled to date, which event are you looking forward to the most and why?
ANWAR PEREZ, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
Besides the obvious factor that I will be attending UFC 145, I'm still looking forward to UFC 145. The main event of Rashad Evans against Jon Jones is one of, if not THE, biggest fights the light-heavyweight division has seen in some time. There's actual animosity and the pool of competition becomes smaller if Jones defeats Evans, while if Evans wins, he's champion again. It's going to be such an exciting fight.
FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
I think UFC 145 is the one I'm looking forward to the most. Seeing Jon Jones and Rashad Evans finally fight for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title is going to be awesome. Anytime Jon Jones fights, there's potential for something awesome. It's like watching Tiger Woods on a Sunday during a major when he was in his 10-year window of greatness, except this is even more exciting for me since I'm not really a golf fan.
BRAD WALKER, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
Well, until Alistair Overeem failed his pre-fight test, I was looking forward to 146 for the stacked
heavyweight card, and the title match, now I am looking forward to Miller and Diaz. That fight has so many great possible outcomes that it ignites the imagination on fire with thoughts of submissions and knockouts that you would never see in an average fight. The whole card doesn’t exactly give me a tingling sensation but that one fight itself should be an absolute war of wills that turns into a five round classic. Beyond that, Evans and Jones is something I can't wait to watch unfold, it will be nice to finally see these two go at it, and I really want to see Rashad bring home an upset win.
ALEX WILLIAMS, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
UFC 148, Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber, because I'll be at it live in Las Vegas. Aside from that event, it's hard to beat Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II in a stadium in Brazil with Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva II and the TUF Brazil finals as the supporting bouts.
ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
I am most looking forward to the UFC 145 fight between Jones and Evans. This fight is the one fight in the near future I hope exceeds the hype. The animosity between these two seems real and I think Evans will test Jones in a way he has not been tested before. These two fighters know each other's style and it will make for an excellent match. I look for Jones to set up his takedowns with his standup and take down Evans and finish by ground and pound. This one has fight of the year written all over it.
DAN MOORE, MMATORCH UK CONTRIBUTOR
Any event involving an Englishman, starting with Brad Pickett, John Maguire and Jason Young in Sweden this weekend. Che Mills, John Hathaway, and Dan Hardy all have big fights on the horizon, all with a big point to prove for varying reasons. Michael Bisping, though, is still the standard bearer for English fighters, and I'm on countdown for UFC 148 in July. I'm excited for Jones vs. Evans and Silva vs. Sonnen as much as the next fan, but Bisping has a real opportunity here to stake a claim for a title shot. His future relevance to the upper echelons of the Middleweight division, ultimately hinges on the outcome of his fight with Tim Boetsch.
JASON AMADI, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
I'm usually one of the snobs who likes to crap all over heavyweight MMA, but if you're not pumped for UFC 146 you don't have a pulse. The prelims look like the main card of a Fight Night card and the main card is full of interesting matchups. Obviously, Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem was going to be the topper, but if the right guy steps up and takes his place it's all copacetic.
RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
To tell the truth, the event I'm looking forward to the most is Bellator 66. I became a fan of the sport right around the time Eddie Alvarez went from unknown to Japan-based-enigma, and I kind of missed the live hype for his first fight with Shinya Aoki on New Year’s Eve 2008. Until his November 2011 loss to Michael Chandler, Alvarez hadn't lost a fight since. And Aoki's so much fun to watch, even when he's butt scooting.
And the rest of the Bellator 66 card is loaded as well. With the lightweight and middleweight tournament semi-finals taking place on the same card, it's going to be a fantastic night of fights.
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