It's fight day in Las Vegas, with the additional excitement the UFC fan expo brings, patriot Americans will be rooting on their undefeated champions against challengers from north and south of the border, in this case though, it's Southern Hemisphere. There are a lot of angles to sell the main event fight as well, Brazil jiu jitsu vs American wrestling, old lion vs young lion, you could go on. After everything settles though, and it's fight time, in the co-main event, I think Rousey will do what she does best and mow over Sarah Davis.
I think her judo Olympic level training is too much for all ladies in her division. At this point in women's fighting, it's more than just a few years behind the men's evolution in MMA. Almost all girls fighting Rousey just did not grow up with the pro level training, have a lot of opponents in regional competitions, that Rousey did at an international level. Rousey is also the offspring of a martial artist, we all heard how her mom taught her the armbar since she was a kid. What I do not want to see in Rousey's gameplan, is an eagerness to show her improving skillset, by striking with someone, and taking that 50/50 chance. I think Rousey win's by armbar in round one.
Lyoto's gameplan will surely be to use the distance and strike. As a fan who wants to see a great fight, I wonder how much of Lyoto's gameplan will include dancing at a distance almost mime like, and bring a flurry near the end in an effort to steal the round. I bring this variable up as its fresh in my mind watching Roland Delorme's opponent do this to him in Vancouver; fight at a distance, but not really fight. It's the effective striking aspect within the rules, effective defense to be exact. I would have gave that fight to Delorme (in my biased opinion).
Of course Weidman hits with power as well, but is his striking up to the level of Shogun's, who closed the distance to land one on Machida's chin? That is the big question surrounding Weidman these days, how far will his potential go? He has been growing in leaps and bounds, making improvements in every win. Weidman has an undefeated fighter mindset too, a dangerous variable - when doubt creeps into the mind of fighters reclimbing the championship hill, the night before, and hours before the fight. On the ground, it's wrestling vs Jiu jitsu, but the advantage has to swing in Weidman's favour, from what we has seen so far. I think in this fight, the old lion wins this one. Machida has not taken a lot of wear and tear in his MMA career, and is a fairly young 36, not to mention big, fast, and strong since moving down to 185.