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ROUNDTABLE: The most intriguing fights on the UFC 155 "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II" card
Dec 28, 2012 - 2:50:01 PM
ROUNDTABLE: The most intriguing fights on the UFC 155 "Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II" card
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Which fights on the UFC 155 card do you find most intriguing, and why?


RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Chris Cariaso and John Moraga should be a star-maker for the winner, except the UFC has buried this one on Facebook and no one's going to see it. Moraga debuted in August with a fantastic performance against Ulysses Gomez, and Cariaso is on a three fight winning streak. Sure, only one of those fights is at 125, but in a brand new division, two-fight win streaks make you an instant contender.

The biggest name fight on the FX portion of UFC 155 is a clash between brand new blood rivals for life Melvin Guillard and Jamie Varner. While the fight should be fun, I'm not nearly as intrigued by that fight as I am for the bantamweight showdown between Brad Pickett and Eddie Wineland. In a division where almost every contender has been wiped out by Dominick Cruz, it's likely that the winner of this fight is looking at an interim title shot in the summer of 2013.

Obviously the fight between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez has me stoked, but I'm intrigued to see the battle of black belts between Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon. Whenever two legit grapplers in the upper echelon of a loaded division get thrown into a locked cage together, I'm a happy camper.


FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

Yushin Okami vs. Alan Belcher is the most intriguing to me. The rest of the card is pretty good, but I really want to see Belcher and Okami go at it.


BRAD WALKER, MMATORCH COLUMNIST

Velasquez vs. Dos Santos intrigues me the most, not because it's a heavyweight brawl but because I believe we will have a chance to see more of the arsenal from each of these two big guys. Velasquez got smoked last time, he won't let that happen again, I expect to see more jiu-jitsu and wrestling figure in this time around. I don't know how confident I am that someone will get submitted, but in the end I think we get more than 64 seconds and we see some true expression of skill beyond just striking in the heavyweight division.


ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR

I am interested with every fight on the UFC 155 card, but for me this card is about the rematch between JDS and Cain Velasquez. This fight is the reason for the season, and I am hopeful it will last longer than the first one, which ended in 64 seconds. This has fight of the year written all over it.


DAN MOORE, MMATORCH UK CONTRIBUTOR

Mark my words when I say that Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland is going to be an absolutely terrific barnburner, of epic proportions. Admittedly, it isn't the boldest statement I've made this year; but it's one I'm 100% sure will come through for me. Both are exceptionally gifted strikers, both move at rapid pace, and both of them are happy to just stand and bang.

Pickett got tagged a couple of times in his last fight, before sparking out Yves Jabouin with a sweet uppercut at UFC on FUEL 5. Using that reckless approach this weekend, might not be a smart move on his part, but I don't think the Brit knows how to fight another way. He's also well aware of the fact he probably needs another decisive victory to elevate himself into title contention heading into 2013.

Wineland was equally impressive beating Scott Jorgensen back in June, but I don't think he's got the same velocity of fire power that Pickett possesses. Whilst I don't expect Pickett to celebrate victory with another "Gangham Style" dance post fight; I do expect him to walk away with another KOTN bonus, setting up an appearance at UFC on FUEL 7, to challenge the winner of the Barao vs. McDonald interim title fight in London.


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