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UFC 156 predictions

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The UFC returns for its third event in consecutive weeks and it's a big one - the promotion's annual Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.

This year's edition features a "superfight" of sorts as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title, welcoming former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar to the division. Alistair Overeem will also return to action for the first time after a year-long layoff. He will face fellow Strikeforce import Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva for a shot at Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight belt.

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Five things to watch for: UFC 156

Frankie Edgar. Photo courtesy of Gaspari Nutrition.

The UFC returns for its third event in consecutive weeks and it's a big one - the promotion's annual Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.

This year's edition features a "superfight" of sorts as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title, welcoming former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar to the division. Alistair Overeem will also return to action for the first time after a year-long layoff due to suspension. He will face fellow Strikeforce import Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva for a shot at Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight belt.

After the jump, check out five things that you should watch for during Saturday night's festivities.

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Video: Countdown to UFC 156

Check out the full replay of "Countdown to UFC 156", which premiered last night on Fuel TV. The program previews the main card of Saturday night's event, profiling Jose Aldo's UFC featherweight title defense against former lightweight king Frankie Edgar and Alistair Overeem's return to action against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.

Also detailed is former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans meeting Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Jon Fitch taking on jiu-jitsu wizard Demian Maia.

The Daily Recap: Fitch-Maia at UFC 156, St. Pierre-Silva News & More

Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the UFC/Zuffa LLC.

The UFC has announced that welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Demian Maia will lock horns at UFC 156. UFC president Dana White said, “Maia hopes to move up the welterweight rankings by taking out perennial contender Fitch. Fitch wants to build on his Fight of the Night-winning victory over Erick Silva." [UFC]

Despite earlier reports of The Ultimate Fighter being moved to Wednesday nights on FX, a FX official has stated that it’s highly unlikely TUF will air on Wednesday nights. An official announcement is expected to come within the next two or three weeks. [MMA Fighting]

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Video: Countdown to UFC 148

You've seen the UFC Primetime special regarding UFC 148, now here's the reguarly scheduled "Countdown" show, which premiered this evening on FUEL TV. Part one featuring Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is above. The remainder of the special is after the jump, featuring spotlights on Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin, Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote and Demian Maia vs. Dong-Hyun Kim.

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The Daily Recap: “TUF Brazil” Premieres Sunday, Six UFC Fights Announced & More

Vitor Belfort. Photo courtesy of Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

The debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" will stream live on Sunday at 11:30 PM ET on TUF.tv with subtitles. The reality show was originally thought to be airing in real time on FUEL TV, but will stream on the internet instead. FUEL will still broadcast the season at some point, when exactly still remains unknown. The lineup for the 16 elimination-round matchups to get into the house have also been set. Click the link. [MMA Junkie]

The UFC announced six more fights for this summer. Those include Demian Maia making his welterweight debut against Dong Hyun Kim and Constantinos Philippou facing Riki Fukuda at UFC 18 as well Rick Story returning against Rich Attonito, Dan Miller dropping down to 170 lbs to take on Ricardo Funch and Matt Riddle colliding with Luis Ramos at UFC on FX 4. [UFC.com]

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Video: UFC on Fox 2 Press Conference

Rashad Evans. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

Members of the media met today with the six-man main card lineup for the UFC's second event on FOX, which will take place on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

UFC President Dana White took the podium alongside participants Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Mark Munoz, Michael Bisping and Demian Maia. The proceedings were interesting to say the least.

After the jump is video of the entire press conference. Enjoy.

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Bisping Signs to Face Maia at UFC on Fox 2 in January

Michael Bisping. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Despite only defeating Jason "Mayhem" Miller in a three-round battle less than a week ago, Michael Bisping already has his next fight lined up and it provides a quick turnaround.

The Brit will face decorated grappler and former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia at UFC on Fox 2 on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The UFC officially announced the matchup on Tuesday.

The UFC's second foray into network television will also be co-headlined by two other pivotal bouts. Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will battle top prospect Phil Davis in the night's main event and the ever-charismatic Chael Sonnen takes on fast-rising wrestler Mark Munoz.

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The Daily Recap: UFC 136 Card Filling Quickly, Slice Gets Boxing Opponent & More

Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The UFC has confirmed a trio of fights for its inaugural trip to Houston, Texas this fall, signing the following bouts for UFC 136 on October 8: Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon, Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago and Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow. [UFC.com]

— UFC and EliteXC veteran Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson has been matched up against fellow newcomer James Wade for his boxing debut on August 13 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. "Just like in MMA, Kimbo Slice is walking around with bull's-eye on his back. His opponents know they can make themselves known to the world if they can take him out," said Jared Shaw, Team Kimbo Promotional Advisor in a press release. "To Kimbo it's a pro boxing debut. To James Wade, this is a world championship fight." [Gary Shaw Productions]

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Tap Selections: UFC 102


Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for UFC 102.

The event will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Also on the card will be a light heavyweight attraction featuring Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva.

Feel free to leave your predictions as well in our comments section.

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