UFC 166 Preview (10/4/2013)

UFC 166 Preview (10/4/2013)
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Writer: Suzie Tankleford

UFC 166 Preview

UCF 166 promises to be one of the best cards in recent history. Not only are two of the most exciting heavyweight fighters in all of MMA squaring off in the main event but the rest of the card is stacked as well. Here are three of the top fights we are looking forward to come Saturday night.

Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez Gilbert Melendez (21-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), former Strikeforce champion, may have lost his UFC debut fight to then-champion Benson Henderson back in April but he will try to get back on track against Diego Sanchez.

This has all the makings of a memorable fight. Sanchez consistently delivers Fight of the Night performances, and Melendez is terrific when opponents stand in front of him and want to trade punches. Look for an exciting, ferocious battle that will have the fans at the Honda Center on their feet.

Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson This could be the last time we see Daniel Cormier (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in the heavyweight division. He has said he wants to fight at 205 because he doesnít want to fight his friend and training partner, Cain Velasquez. Roy Nelson (19-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has serious knockout power in his fists and could have Cormier in trouble if he lands a few shots. That may be difficult due to Cormierís superior wrestling ability. If Nelson spends most of the fight on his back it could be a long night for him. There are so many sub-plots to this fight that make it even more interesting. Cormier and Nelson have had a lively Twitter battle leading up to this fight. Nelson has been on thin ice with UFC president Dana White and a loss may take him out of title contention. If Dos Santos defeats Velasquez will Cormier change his mind about moving down to 205 and take a shot at the title?

Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos This main event could be a fight for the ages. Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (12-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) and Junior Dos Santos (16-2 MMA, 10-1 UFC) face off for the third time. They traded the belt each time they have fought. Velasquez is the best conditioned heavyweight in all of MMA and mixes superior wrestling skills with power in his striking. If he can take the fight to the ground he has a great shot at retaining the title. Dos Santos has proven knockout power and if he can keep the fight standing up he was a chance to defeat Velasquez for the second time.

Cageside's predictions:

Dos Santos wins via KO

Cormier via decision

Melendez via decision

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