The month of April is going to be full of interesting matchups with UFC 112 happening, Strikeforce on CBS, WEC 48, and the 2nd season of Bellator happening this coming week. However, I wanted to take a look at 5 fights that will take place this month that you should definitely not want to miss. Check it:
- Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber at WEC 48-This fight will determine the future of the WEC featherweight division which has been the home of WEC poster boy Urijah Faber. A win for Faber re-establishes himself as the best featherweight in the world. A loss could potentially force him to change weight divisions, as he has two losses to Mike Brown already. A win for Aldo confirms that he's the best featherweight on the planet. If he can win impressively(which he's capable of), he could emerge as a 'mini-star' with the right promotion from Zuffa.
- Gergard Mousasi vs. King Mo Lawal at Strikeforce On CBS-This is a ridiculous fight between two rising stars in the light heavyweight division. A lot of fans are not sold on either fighter yet(moreso Lawal), but a star could be born with an impressive win here. In particular Lawal, in part because he's always a good interview and he's pretty charismatic. He could really become a draw if Strikeforce were to just let him do his thang as he would say. Mousasi is much like Fedor in that he's almost like a robot with his demeanor. However, a win over Lawal would just further validate his #6 ranking here on MMA For Real.
- Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce On CBS-The fight that will answer all the questions about Shinya Aoki, and somewhat unfairly Japanese MMA. A loss for Aoki would certainly be detrimental to him as well as the way fans view Japanese MMA as he's thought to be one of the better Japanese fighters. It would vault Gilbert Melendez up the lightweight rankings for sure. However, a loss would certainly be detrimental to Strikeforce because their lightweight title just went overseas to Japan, and quite possibly never return.
- BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar at UFC 112-This could quite possibly be Penn's last lightweight title defense as he ponders a return to the UFC welterweight division. He'll be facing someone that could possibly give him his toughest matchup in Frankie Edgar. A win for Edgar would be a huge upset, while a win for Penn basically cleans out the UFC lightweight division save for Gray Maynard. It'll take place in Abu Dhabi and the first UFC title fight that's held outdoors if I'm not mistaken.
Jake Shields vs. Dan Henderson at Strikeforce On CBS-I'm not really looking forward to this fight per se, as I think Henderson should win this one fairly easily. However, the implications this fight has are pretty big. This is Shield's last fight on his Strikeforce contract, so we could see him dropping back down to the welterweight division if he decides to sign with the UFC(if he loses to Henderson). A win for Shield's would be a huge upset(in my eyes anyway) and would certainly make Henderson signing with Strikeforce all for not at that point.
Other notable fights that should be good scraps: Terry Etim vs. Raphael Dos Anjos At UFC 112, Scott Jorgensen vs. Antonio Banuelos at WEC 48, Ben Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone at WEC 48, and Phil Davis vs. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 112. What are your 5 that you are looking forward to the most?