UFC On Fox 2: Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online Staff Picks & Preview



Compiled by Josh Nason

UFC On Fox 2: Evans vs. Davis


The UFC makes its maiden full voyage on network TV tonight with a two-hour show on Fox, full of questions. Will any undercard fights make air? Will there be any gruesome submissions? What will the ratings be? Will two big-time UFC money fights be evaporated with a pair of losses?

The answers begin at 8 PM EST and here's our panel o'pickers think about the fights on tonight's show.

- Dave Meltzer (11-3): Wrestling Observer founder & writer | Yahoo MMA

- Todd Martin (10-4): Weekly FFD guest | RAW recapper | LA Times | Sherdog

- Mike Sempervive (11-3): Wrestling Observer Live | Big Audio Nightmare

- Oliver Copp (10-4) & Mike Sawyer (11-3) of Tough Talk: Show

- Josh Nason (6-8): FFD guest | FIGHT! Magazine | WGAM MMA Show | Bloody Elbow

Bryan Alvarez submitted only partial picks and he's got until 5 PM EST to be eligible for this week.

Rashad Evans (16-1-1) vs. Phil Davis (9-0)


Five months after dispatching Tito Ortiz at UFC 133, the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is once again just one win away from a shot at reclaiming the title. In his way is an undefeated 205 prospect who may be in over his head but has the physical skills to shock the MMA world with an upset.

Evans: Nason, Meltzer, Sempervive, Copp, Martin
Davis: Sawyer

Chael Sonnen (26-11-1) vs. Michael Bisping (22-3)


Let's let Chael run with this: "You're looking at the reflection of perfection. You're looking at the man who gets all your attention. You're looking at the man with the biggest arms and the man with the greatest charm, the man in Chicago who will do harm to the guy three doors down.

Whatcha gonna do, when you know who? How ya gonna deal with the man of steel? How ya gonna react to Sonnen's attack? Tune in on the 28th! 8 p.m. Eastern Time! You'll find out who the real champion is."

Sonnen:
Nason, Meltzer, Sawyer, Sempervive, Copp, Martin

Chris Weidman (7-0) vs. Demian Maia (15-3)

The undefeated prospect takes a big fight on short notice and looks to pick up his fourth UFC win, while Maia is 4-2 in his last two years, coming off an October decision win over Jorge Santiago. Fun facts: after just a year of formal jitz training, Weidman entered the prestigious Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling championships. Maia has gone the distance in six straight.

Weidman: Nason, Meltzer, Sawyer, Copp
Maia: Sempervive, Martin

Bonus Pick: Evan Dunham (12-2) vs. Nik Lentz (21-4-2-1)


After running up an 11-0 record, Dunham was on the fast track to a 155-pound title shot before back-to-back losses to Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard stunted his growth. After rebounding with a September decision win over Shamar Bailey, he battles Lentz, the UFC's resident cockroach as they can't seem to get rid of him. Supposedly a pariah due to some lackluster fights, "The Carny" was dealt his first Octagon defeat in eight fights in December.

Dunham: Nason, Meltzer, Sawyer, Sempervive, Copp, Martin

Bonus Pick: Joey Beltran (13-6) vs. Lavar Johnson (15-5)

Beltran is a tough SOB but is still just 1-3 in his last four. Johnson makes his UFC debut after being migrated over by Strikeforce. He needs a win as he's been finished by submission in his last two fights, snapping a seven-fight win streak.

Beltran: Nason, Meltzer, Sawyer, Martin
Johnson: Sempervive, Copp

Follow all the action here with the prelims starting at 4:30 PM EST with one Facebook fight, the Fuel TV prelims at 5 PM EST and then the main card kicking off on Fox at 8 PM EST. Dave and Bryan will be back late tonight with a full wrap of the results, news and more.