On Saturday night, UFC 146 will take place in Las Vegas. The main card should provide plenty of entertainment and hopefully some great mixed martial arts contests. Made up of five heavyweight fights, the main card will make the marquee division title picture a lot clearer at the end of the night.
In the main event of the evening, UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos will defend his title against former champ Frank Mir. This make-up title match will see dos Santos enter as a heavy favorite to win. Odds are good that Mir's three-fight win streak will come to an end on Saturday, but there is always a chance that Mir could steal a win. I wouldn't bet on that happening, though.
In the co-main, Salinas native Cain Velasquez takes on journeyman heavyweight fighter Antonio Silva. Again, Velasquez is the favorite and will be further motivated by his desire to get back into the title picture. Silva should not be ruled out, as he has very heavy hands, but Velasquez is very nearly a lock to win this one.
Dave Herman will be taking on "Big Country" Roy Nelson, with both fighters coming off of losses. Nelson in particular just took a savage beating from Fabricio Werdum, while Herman lost to Stefan Struve via TKO. Both men really need a win in this one to stay relevant in the division. This is the biggest toss-up of the night, but my heart always tells me to vote Big Country, SB Nation Bay Area's favorite kung fu fighter.
Shane del Rosario is making his return to fighting with a match against Stipe Miocic after a car accident sidelined him for most of 2011. He is also making his debut in the UFC and is hoping to make an instant impression. The UFC is also hoping that they will end up with another title contender in the division, so both the promotion and the fighter have a lot riding on this fight. In those situations, you'd like to think the UFC knows what they're doing, so look to del Rosario to win here.
The fight kicking off the PPV broadcast is Stefan Struve taking on Lavar Johnson. Both fighters have won two in a row and both fighters have five career losses. This one may end up being a clash of styles, as Struve is a grappler and Johnson is a striker. If they remain standing, Johnson can land a knockout blow, but if the fight goes to the ground, Struve has a massive advantage. I foresee Struve getting the win, but this one could definitely go either way.