UFC On Fox 1: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online Staff Picks

UFC on Fox 1Compiled by Josh "The Fox Robot" Nason

It's Saturday and it's almost time for UFC on Fox 1 -- the biggest show in UFC history to only have one match guaranteed to make air. If you're an MMA fan, you've already heard a ton about this show and if you're not, tonight is the night to sample and get a major title fight for absolutely free.

As we do, our MMA enthusiasts on this here site make their picks for the top 5 bouts. Our Sinister Seven:

- Mike Sempervive (30-10): Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare w/Adam

- Todd Martin: (30-10): weekly FFD guest | WWE RAW recapper | LA Times | Sherdog

- Dave Meltzer (12-3): Wrestling Observer founder & writer | Yahoo MMA scribe

- Bryan Alvarez (9-6): Figure Four Online founder & writer | Bigfoot lover

- Oliver Copp (21-19) and Mike Sawyer (23-17) of Tough Talk: Site | Show

- Yours truly (25-15): frequent FFD guest | FIGHT! Magazine | WGAM MMA Show

Grip it and rip it…here we go:

UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez (9-0) vs. Junior dos Santos (13-1)

What more can be said? The undefeated champ is coming off more than a year on the shelf after winning the title, while the challenger rides in on a solid eight-fight win streak. If you need more, just type 'UFC on Fox' into a Google search. You'll find a few things out there.

Velasquez: Sempervive, Copp, Sawyer, Alvarez, Meltzer, Martin
dos Santos: Nason

The majority go with the easy money, but that year-long layoff is throwing me a bit. There are arguments both ways which means this should be a great battle.

155 No. 1 Contender's Match: Clay Guida (29-11) vs. Ben Henderson (14-2)

This is the fight that has a lot of people frustrated in a good way as they want to be able to see it live on TV instead of Facebook. Since losing to Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian, Guida has ripped out four straight wins with three submission victories. Henderson has rebounded nicely from his WEC 155-pound title loss to Anthony Pettis with two UFC victories, including a dominant performance over Jim Miller in August.

Henderson: Nason, Sempervive, Sawyer, Alvarez, Meltzer, Martin
Guida: Copp

Another one where the majority goes with one angle and a lone soldier goes against the grain.

Dustin Poirier (10-1) vs. Pablo Garza (11-1)

There's some quiet buzz about this fight that features two of the top prospects in the featherweight division. The 22-year-old Poirier has won three in a row, including both of his UFC battles. He'll face a tough test in the 27-year-old Garza who is also undefeated in the Octagon (2-0) with two first round finishes.

Poirier: Nason, Copp, Sawyer, Meltzer, Martin
Garza: Sempervive, Alvarez

The Wrestling Observer Live crew believes in Garza!

Cub Swanson (15-4) vs. Ricardo Lamas (10-2)

Swanson finally makes his UFC debut after injuries kept him out for a full year while Lamas is looking to keep his momentum going after a first round TKO win over Matt Grice in his June UFC debut.

Lamas: Nason, Copp, Sawyer, Alvarez, Meltzer, Martin
Swanson: Sempervive

DaMarques Johnson (12-9) vs. Clay Harvison (9-3)

Johnson has been average in the UFC with a 3-3 Octagon mark and is coming off a a second round submission loss to Amir Sadollah in March. Harvison got a shot after appearing on the 13th season of TUF and was last defeated by Seth Baczynski via second round submission in September.

Johnson: Sempervive, Copp, Sawyer, Alvarez, Meltzer, Martin
Harvison: Nason

You know it's a big deal when both Dave and Bryan will be live on site from Anaheim with running play-by-play here on the site starting at 4:45 PM EST/1:45 PM PST with the Facebook prelims. Then in the early morning hours of Sunday, they'll be back with a full audio wrap of the show...and some talk about TNA.

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