5. The FX Undercard Is StackedWhile none of these four fights have title implications for the moment, they're all stacked with guys who love to bang. Sam Stout-John Makdessi is a battle between top-notch strikers while Rafael dos Anjos-Mark Bocek matches two fantastic grapplers who also can wrestle and strike. Plus, you're nuts if you don't think Patrick Cote-Alessio Sakara is ending in a knockout.
4. Kampmann Is One of The Most Well-Rounded Fighters Around, And Hendricks Has Stones For Hands
Martin Kampmann has never found himself in a boring fight and, more often than not, he leaves the cage with a performance bonus. Likewise, Hendricks loves to bang, but the former D-1 wrestling champion can also dominate opponents on the mat. Look for Kampmann to mix his dazzling strikes and Hendricks to charge with powerful takedowns.
3. The Johnny Hendricks-Martin Kampmann Winner Will Be The #1 Welterweight Contender
Dana White has been talking a lot of late about a potential super-fight between GSP and Middleweight champion Anderson Silva. He's even gone so far as to talk about Cowboy Stadium being a venue for the matchup. The only problem, though, is that Silva says he wants no part in the fight. Instead, he'll be taking time off until 2013, which means GSP's next fight will likely be against the winner of this fight.
2. Carlos Condit Should Not Be UndersoldIt's difficult to find a more improved fighter in the last five years than Condit. He's 5-1 in the UFC right now, and he easily could be 6-0, with his only loss coming via a razor-thin split-decision that went the way of Martin Kampmann in 2009. That fight was fantastic and gave fans a great glimpse of what makes Condit so dangerous: an iron chin, fantastic defensive wrestling, stellar submissions, and lethal strikes.
1. GSP Is Arguably The Top Fighter On The Planet
There's a large contingent of MMA fans who think just that. The French-Canadian hasn't lost since 2007 when he was caught by an unorthodox Matt Serra punch to the side of the head. GSP came back from that loss with a vengeance, however. He's reeled off nine straight victories and he's been dominant in each and every one of them. He brutalizes strikers, wrestlers, and submission artists with a smashing brand of top control and precision striking on his feet.
It's been almost a year-and-a-half since Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre—who many pundits and fans think is the greatest mixed martial artist in the world—last fought in the Octagon.
Last April, he decidedly took out submission specialist and former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Jake Shields to defend his Welterweight strap, but tore his ACL in the process.
In the meantime, “The Natural Born Killer,” Carlos Condit, has taken the UFC Welterweight division by storm, fending off the division's top contenders and besting Nick Diaz to win the interim title made available due to GSP's layoff.
With GSP fully recovered however, the UFC will unify those two belts on Saturday night and crown an undisputed Welterweight champion.