This weekend we'll have a MMA treat in that UFC 105 will be airing via tape delay on Spike TV. It'll mark the first time that Randy Couture will fight on cable television, as he'll take on Brandon Vera in the main event. This card doesn't have a lot of hype right now, but there are several important fights on this card that could shape future things. Let's get to it:
Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera
This fight will either put Brandon Vera over as a legitimate threat in the UFC light heavyweight division, or it'll just add to the mystique and legend of Randy Couture. The latter could still take place even in a losing effort for Couture, much like it did in his loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. However, if he gets blitzed in a round or two it could very well be the last time we see Couture fighting in the octagon. A win for Couture would surely put him on the fast track to a title shot. I mean the UFC loves to do that for the guy right?
Mike Swick vs. Dan Hardy
I'm excited about this fight mainly due to Hardy's trash talk, and how Swick is starting to take it personal. In the grand scheme of things, the winner of this fight could possibly face GSP next. However, neither have a real shot at beating GSP in my opinion. However, a win for Hardy would go a long way in further cementing him as the new face of UK MMA, especially if Bisping manages to lose to Denis Kang.
Denis Kang vs. Michael Bisping
This fight either gets Bisping back on track, or a loss here would really hurt his stock. Most people think he'll beat Denis Kang. However, Kang is no slouch and could very well beat Bisping this weekend. A win for Kang would make him an instant contender in the shallow UFC middleweight division.
-The majority of the rest of the card features British talent. The TUF 9 winners Ross Pearson and James Wilks will be in action, along with Andre Winner and Terry Etim. Wins for these guys will further validate the UK scene as fast improving, and give the UFC something to work with in the future in regards to cards held there.
-The one fighter on this card that I really like that nobody is thinking about is Matt Riddle. I think the kid is really solid for such a young fighter. He'll be facing another young up and comer in Nick Osipczak, and both of these guys are undefeated in their professional career(discounting their losses on TUF). So it'll be interesting to see how this one shakes out. Once Riddle learns how to finish his opponents instead of going to decisions, I think he could develop into a pretty decent fighter.
-Also, be on the lookout for Terry Etim. He's won 3 in a row in the UFC and is looking better and bettter with each outing.