All the buzz around UFC 162, scheduled for July 6th in Vegas, is around the Middleweight title bout between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chris Weidman. Many are expecting Weidman to provide the legendary Silva with a very hard bout. The rest of the card features several solid match ups featuring high stakes for the competitors. The co-main event features former Lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar taking on Charles Oliveira. Edgar is a very strong favorite at -550, but he is under a lot of pressure to avoid a fourth loss in a row. Oliveira too has seen his losses start to pile up, and though Edgar would likely be kept by the UFC, Oliveira is quite literally fighting for his UFC life.
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Incredibly, Roger Gracie will be fighting for the second time this year, as he takes on tough guy Tim Kennedy. Kennedy is a slight favorite at the books at -140, with Gracie returning even money. For years, Gracie was known as the best grappler in the world, however his dedication to MMA has just not been there. Under the UFC flag, he is going to have to pick up his activity. Gracie will always have a suspect chin, look for Kennedy to focus on making this a standup fight.
Another close fight in the Middleweight division features Tim Boetsch taking on Mark Munoz. Nuoz is favored at -165, but he will not have fought in a year. Boetsch is dangerous coming off a loss. As an observer, I want to see the weigh ins to see how much of a size and length advantage Boetsch has.
At Featherweight, Cub Sawnson has put together a solid four fight winning streak and at 29 seems to be entering his prime as an athlete. He sits a -225 favorite over rugged wrestler Dennis Siver who is 2-0 since dropping down to the 145 lb class.
On the undercard, Chris Leben tries to re-launch his career against 8-1 Andrew Craig. Craig is a solid kid, but he doesn’t have the experience to cope with a guy like Leben. If Leben loses this fight, it would be a sign of just how far he has fallen from his heyday.
Speaking of fallen fighters, Heavyweights Dave Herman takes on Gabriel Gonzaga. Baed on his recent performances, Herman is still with the UFC because of a lack of Heavyweights. Gonzaga also has looked flat in recent outings. It could be a slugfest, or it could be a marathon bore a thon. The UFC should take a page from the pro wrestling scripts and make this an official loser leaves the UFC match.