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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.

My predictions are after the jump.

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Rashad Evans still unsure about move to middleweight division

Rashad Evans. Photo by Jerico Angeles/Authentic Sports Management.

Following Rashad Evans’ one-sided decision loss to Jon Jones last spring, speculation began to arise that he may be interested in dropping down to the UFC’s middleweight division for a fresh start. A new weight class with new opponents and of course, a shot to test himself against Anderson Silva.

Evans has said that the idea certainly interests him, and that he would want nothing more than to be able to compete against and defeat Silva, whom he considers to be the greatest fighter of all-time.

On the eve of Evans’ meeting with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156 this Saturday night, the 33-year-old is still unsure if a change to 185 lbs. suits him well.

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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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UFC 156 fighters content to let skills take them to titles, rather than talking

Jose Aldo. Photo by Ken Pishna/MMA Weekly.

Ever since Chael Sonnen secured a shot at Jon Jones' UFC light heavyweight title, it has become a topic of conversation.

Sonnen again used his trash talk to earn himself a shot at a UFC title. He did so before with a barrage of harsh criticism and veiled threats leading up to his rematch with Anderson Silva. Granted, Sonnen did win a pair of fights against top middleweight competition prior to the loss, but it was his verbal bravado that really set the second meeting between the two in motion.

In a sport that is starting to mix in entertainment to go along with its skill and toughness, is the easy way to a title shot to now talk your way towards it rather than climbing up the ladder through winning fights? The stars of UFC 156's main card don't think so.

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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.

Video: UFC 156 Extended Preview

Check out the UFC's extended preview of UFC 156, which takes place this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his belt against former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar in his debut at 145 lbs. 

Former Strikeforce and DREAM heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will return to action for the first time in over a year against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the co-main event. The stacked main card will also feature Rashad Evans, Jon Fitch and Joseph Benavidez among others.

The Daily Recap: Mayhem Miller Naked & Arrested in Church, No Cause of Death for Tyrone Mims & More

Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Photo courtesy of FEG/DREAM.

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.

Well, it's been a hell of a day to say the least. Let's get to it.

Jason "Mayhem" Miller was arrested today in an Orange County, California church after police found the building broken into, covered in fire extinguisher spray, various materials broken and scattered all over and "Mayhem" sitting naked on a couch. The arrest comes just a couple of days after he and UFC president Dana White got into a spat on Twitter, which ended up with Miller telling White to kill himself at one point.

I've already seen some comments from people saying that "Mayhem" is punch drunk or on drugs. It's sad. I really don't hope that is the case. And for some reason, part of me really wants to give him the benefit of the doubt here. We all know he's had a history of problems. Terrible childhood on top of being a generally wild dude for years. He's spoken openly about suffering from depression and stuff like that. Had the whole incident with his sister last year, plus more in the past.

I heard that he was in a bad place even before the Twitter back-and-forth with Dana White this weekend and now this. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with his poor showing in his return to the UFC, plus getting cut over what Dana says was a backstage ordeal caused by him. Who knows.

Either way, I hope he gets some help. It's sad to see him like this.

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UFC Primetime “Jones vs. Evans”, Episode One

Above is the first episode from the latest edition of UFC Primetime. which follows UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former title holder Rashad Evans in the weeks leading up to their anticipated grudge match at UFC 145, which takes place on April 21, 2012 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Greg Jackson to Corner Jon Jones Against Rashad Evans

Greg Jackson. Photo courtesy of Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts.

Nearly a year after an ugly divorce with former student Rashad Evans came about, heralded trainer Greg Jackson has confirmed that he will prepare and ultimately corner Jon Jones for his upcoming grudge match against Evans in April.

Jones announced the news via his Twitter account this afternoon.

The confirmation comes just a couple of weeks after Jackson admitted for the first time that he was considering helping Jones after stating multiple times in the past that he would have no part of a fight between the two.

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Jones-Evans Trash Talks Begins at First UFC 145 Press Conference

Screenshot from today's press conference courtesy of UFC.com.

Things were relatively tame for the most part, but you can feel the underlying hatred between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans is starting to seep through the cracks and that heated words are about to exchanged between the two in the months to come.

Jones, Evans and UFC President Dana White converged upon the media to formally announce Jones' next light heavyweight title defense at UFC 145, which will take place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on April 21.

Full video of today's presser is after the jump.

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