This is the UFC’s return to Japan since UFC 29, which featured the likes of Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, and Chuck Liddell. The main event of this go-around is Frankie Edgar defending his lightweight title against Benson Henderson. It’s also Rampage Jackson’s return to Japan and the card features many Japanese fighters.
We’re going to do this preview a little differently than usual. We have one writer breaking down every fight on the live card.
The FGB crew along with Stevie J from Angrymarks and friend of the website, JP, have all the predictions.
Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis
Alan: Pettis by decision
Duan: Lauzon by decision
Stevie: Lauzon by 2nd round submission
JP: Pettis by 2nd round TKO
Big D: Pettis by decision
Cactus Jim: Pettis by 3rd round submission
GG: Pettis by decision
Big D says:
Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon both have something in common. At one or two times in their career, they were seen as possible serious championship contenders. In 2007, J-Lau went on a win streak before being stopped by Ken Flo. He’s tried to bounce back but stayed in the midcard. Anthony Pettis delivered the kick heard round the world on Ben Henderson and went on to take his title (Ben is ironically getting a TITLE shot on this show). Pettis then went on to lose to Clay Guida and derail his push for lack of a better term. This fight is about redemption. Pettis is the more athletic but J Lau has always been headstrong. He fights til the end. I’m very excited to see if he can withstand Pettis’ speed and creativity in the octagon. I like Mr. J L (Not Jerry Lynn), but J is taking the L here.
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