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The UFC has four events this month and Bellator several as well; which fights are you most anticipating in April and why?
FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
The top three I want to see are Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche from UFC on Fox 11, Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixiera and Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliot from UFC 172 on the UFC side. I think those three fights are going to be really good, and they have title implications for most of them. On the Bellator side, I want to see Rick Hawn vs. Douglas Lima from Bellator 117. There's other Bellator fights I'll watch, but I mainly just hope for good fights in general on those cards. I can't expect them.
BRAD WALKER, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
Jones vs Teixeira is #1 on my ballot for a calculatedly high amount of reasons. One of them being that I predicted this about three years ago (yeaaahhhhhhhh buddy). I think Glover poses a significantly different threat to Jones than anyone else has - insane one punch killing power. Glover is my pick to win the underdog matchup, and I am stoked for this fight to take place.
KALE HAVERVOLD, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
The fight I am anticipating the most is the fight between Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum. This is very intriguing as it sets up the next UFC Heavyweight Title fight and I am excited to see how Browne looks as he has been on a tear as of late!
TOM STRONG, MMATORCH UK CONTRIBUTOR
With all the events coming up over April I'll have to invest in a new box of matchsticks to keep my eyes open! Though, being English, there is only one fight that I'm really looking forward to, and that's the return of the Michael "The Count" Bisping. I was devastated when his fight with Mark Munoz was cancelled in Manchester due to his eye last year.
It's been a long road back for Michael and to just seen him back inside the Octagon again is a massive plus for the middleweight division. Though I'm not overly keen on the matchup with Tim Kennedy, this could be a good warm up fight for Bisping to get back to winning ways, and put his name back into the title contender mix.
Another fights that has also caught my eye is Roy Nelson vs. Minotauro Nogueira; any fight that involves "Big Country" will always be entertaining. Also, Dustin Proirier vs. Akira Corassani could a real barn burner!
That's not forgetting Bellator 116 when Lavar Johnson takes on the undefeated Bulgarian Blagoi Ivanov!
CASH NORMAN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
I'm looking forward to Werdum vs Browne on Fox, April 19. Werdum has not competed in nearly a year so I want to see how he will look and how much more his muay thai has developed. Travis Browne is always exciting to watch and has now become known for seperating people from consciousness. It will be interesting to see how the fight plays out and what will happen when the two clinch up. I think this will be an entertaining fight.
The other fight I am looking forward to is Jones vs Texeira at UFC 172, April 26. I would like to see how Jones fights after his epic battle with Gustafsson. I am predicting this fight to remain standing because I think Glover is to nasty on the ground with his BJJ. Also what developments Jones has made with his boxing, his lack of head movement resulted in him getting tagged by Gustafsson. Texeira is a more technical boxer with power, albeit slower than Gustafsson. This may be one of the reasons Texeira believes he can knockout Jones. I expect Texeira to push forward and pressure Jones and then try to land a power punch to stun him and follow up with combinations to attempt to take him out.
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