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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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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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Benavidez vs. McCall Set For UFC 156

Ian McCall. Photo by Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com.

It is being reporting that UFC flyweight contenders Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall will lock horns at UFC 156 on February 2, 2013.

MMAWeekly.com is reporting that verbal agreements are in place for the Superbowl weekend showdown. UFC 156 will be headlined by a featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar.

While the event will be held in Las Vegas, Fox officials made news last week when they said they'd like to "own" Superbowl weekend in 2014 with a free card on Fox. For that to happen, mixed martial arts has to get regulated in New York.

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UFC on FX 3 Video Highlights



Courtesy of Fox Sports, here is a video highlight from last night's UFC on FX 3 main event, which saw Demetrious Johnson win a face paced unanimous decision over Ian McCall.

After the jump you'll find the full results and some more news and notes stemming from the event.

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UFC on FX 3 Lands in Florida Following “Hometown Throwdown” Contest

Ian McCall. Photo by Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to the state of Florida for the first time since February 2009 for UFC on FX 3, which will now take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise after the city of Fort Lauderdale won the "Hometown Throwdown" contest in conjunction with the UFC and Harley-Davidson.

The UFC announced the results this afternoon. UFC on FX 3 will be headlined by the continuation of the UFC's inaugural flyweight title tournament, which will see a rematch between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson with the winner meeting Joseph Benavidez for the first-ever UFC flyweight title belt later this year.

McCall and Johnson drew in their first meeting, an exciting back-and-forth battle at UFC on FX 2 earlier this month. A fourth overtime round was not used as Johnson was originally declared the bout's winner by split decision before an error tabulating the judges' scorecards revealed the fight was actually even.

Other rumored bouts for the event include a welterweight battle between longtime veterans Mike Pyle and Josh Neer as well as another pivotal 170 lb clash between standout wrestler Charlie Brenneman and rising Brazilian prospect Erick Silva.

The Daily Recap: NY Senate Votes to Legalize MMA, Aldo-Mendes Scrapped & More

Jose Aldo. Photo courtesy of Built to Fight Industries.

 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 New York State Senate has voted to legalize the sport of mixed martial arts and the fate of yet another attempt to bring the world's fastest growing sport to the Empire State will once again go through the State Assembly, which has shot down such a bill multiple times in years past. [New York Post]

— A proposted UFC featherweight title bout between reigning champion Jose Aldo and top contender Chad Mendes, originally targeted for a UFC event in August, has essentially been scrapped. Citing wear and tear from his hard-fought win over Mark Hominick in April, Aldo's management team has stated that their fighter won't be returning to action until the fall. Mendes has instead opted to fight in August regardless against a different opponent rather than sit on the sidelines and wait for a title shot. [MMA Weekly]

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WEC Announces Full Card for “Varner vs. Cerrone”


Jamie Varner. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

World Extreme Cagefighting has released the complete fight card for it’s upcoming WEC 38 event on January 25 at the San Diego Sports Arena in California where WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner will defend his title against rising contender Donald Cerrone.

The show’s co-main event will feature a rematch between former champions as Urijah Faber will attempt to bounce back from his recent loss to Mike Thomas Brown against one-time UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver. Faber won an unanimous decision over Pulver in a 2008 fight-of-the-year candidate back on June 1.

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WEC 30 Fighter Salaries

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official fighter salaries from WEC 30:

Rob McCullough: $24,000
John Alessio: $22,000
Miguel Torres: $20,000
Brian Stann: $10,000
Rich Crunkilton: $10,000
Chase Beebe: $10,000
Marcus Hicks: $8,000
Donald Cerrone: $6,000
Bryan Baker: $6,000
Blas Avena: $6,000
Rani Yahya: $6,000
Jeff Bedard: $4,000
Ian McCall: $4,000
Jesse Forbes: $4,000
Kenneth Alexander: $3,000
Marcelo Brito: $3,000
Scott McAfee: $2,000
Joe Benoit: $2,000
Coty Wheeler: $2,000
Jeremiah Billington: $2,000

Total Payroll: $154,000

WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 6:30 PM EST, covering WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

WEC 30 Weigh-In Results
WEC 30 Media Roundup
Alessio Wants Condit’s Belt
WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton Card
Jens Pulver Injured

Main Card:

Rob McCullough vs Richard Crunkilton
Chase Beebe vs Rani Yahya
Brian Stann vs Jeremiah Billington
Jeff Bedard vs Miguel Torres

Preliminary Bouts:

John Alessio vs Marcelo Brito
Marcus Hicks vs Scott McAfee
Jesse Forbes vs Bryan Baker
Donald Cerrone vs Kenneth Alexander
Blas Avena vs Joe Benoit
Ian McCall vs Coty Wheeler

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