UFC 126 takes place tonight (Saturday February 5th 2011) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. You’ll be able to watch some of the early action on Spike TV at 9PM, but the pay-per-view event doesn’t start until 10PM. Last year it was made clear that a lot of fans were disappointed with the fight choices, which it made the decisions this year even more important. The UFC has done its best to provide fans with the best fights this year, including Belfort vs Silva, and it should be a great event leading up to Super Bowl Sunday.
UFC 126 Main Event Odds & Predictions
Anderson Silva hasn’t been the exciting fighter that we all remember him as in his last few fights, but that could change this Saturday when Silva fights Vitor Belfort. Silva is still one of the best fighters in the world, but he has had trouble staying on top of his game due to the fact that he hasn’t had much competition. Belfort could prove to be a lot tougher then most people are making him out to be and Silva is in no way a lock. One thing that really concerns me about Vitor is that he hasn’t had a UFC fight in almost a year and a half now. When Belfort was fighting in the ring he showcased his knockout power often and if he expects to beat Silva he’s going to need a knockout tomorrow night. Silva is extremely quick and has lightning fast reflexes that should keep Belfort guessing most of the fight. I’ll be taking Silva in this fight to beat Belfort tonight, as I think Silva is the better fighter and he should also be more prepared.
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UFC 126 Pay-Per-View Odds & Predictions
This fight could go either way tomorrow and a lot of it will depend on how prepared Griffin is going to be for this fight. In my opinion Forrest is a much tougher guy then Franklin and if he’s prepared for the fight he should win decisively. Franklin use to be a machine in the ring, but he hasn’t been doing much lately. Griffin hasn’t fought in awhile so he’s going to probably take a round or two before he’s feeling like his normal self in the ring again, but I think he’ll grind out a victory by decision.
I was a little bit surprised to see Bader listed as such a big underdog when I checked out the odds, but if you think it about it the bookies are definitely receiving heavy action on Jon. Jones has been a complete monster in his past few fights and he should be able to quickly punish Bader. Ryan is a tough fighter with great wrestling skills, but I don’t think he’s going to be able to have a chance at beating Jones in this bout.
Miguel Torres should win this fight, but it isn’t a fight I’d be risking –350 juice on because it could go either way. Torres looked good in his last fight, but in the two previous fights before his last fight he lost. I think the momentum from his recent victory will be enough to propel him past Banuelos. Miguel will need to make sure he utilizes his reach advantage tomorrow night or else he may find himself with another loss in the UFC.
Rocha is currently undefeated, but a lot of people think that’s going to change this weekend. I personally think Rocha has a shot in this fight and I’m taking him to beat the slightly more experienced Ellenberger. Jake is going to most likely try standing up initially, but he’s comfortable on the ground as well. Rocha will need to win this fight by making sure he wins the ground game and possibly putting Ellenberger into submission.