No sweat, right, “Suga” Rashad?
As for the undercard, there are a ton of fights that are worth looking at, and if you have the gambling itch, worth putting some moolah on.
The co-main event features a British-Canadian bragging rights war between two emerging welterweights in Che “Beautiful” Mills going up against rising Canadian hotshot, Rory “Ares” MacDonald. Mills’ impressive showing at UFC 138 – he pasted Chris Cope with vicious knees and punches – shot him up to a fight against the 22-year old MacDonald, already considered as one of the best young fighters in the game today. MacDonald’s 12-1 record (3-1 in the UFC) has turned heads, not just in the fighting game, but with the oddsmakers, who made Ares a massive favorite at -500. Meanwhile, Mills is listed at +350, which would seem high, except that he’s going up against a dude that’s already being pegged as the next Georges St. Pierre.
Other fights on the card include a battle of stagnant heavyweights in Ben Rothwell and Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub, with the latter pegged as the favorite (-275) against the bruising Rothwell (+215). The fight is equally important for both dudes because each of them are coming out of losses and pummeling the other could do wonders to jump-start their side-tracked careers.
Another fight that’s worth our attention is the Miguel Torres – Michael McDonald throwdown. The former WEC bantamweight champion – that’s Torres, in case you didn’t know – is a slight favorite (-120) to come out on top against the equally impressive McDonald (-110).
All in all, it’s shaping up to be an interesting card with a main event that’s become personal for both men. Will Bones Jones continue his dominant string of victories, or will Rashad Evans defy the odds and make his one-time protege eat crow?
After a year of waiting, we’ll have the answer soon enough, because, in the words of UFC announcer Bruce Buffer, “It’s TIME!”