UFC 175 will play a very big role in Chris Weidman's career. It will either be the night he proves it wasn't just luck that got him the belt or it will cement the fact that he isn't worthy of being among the great champions.
Either way you look at it, two belts are on the line Saturday night, and the card has a few interesting fights for fans.
This is how Gabby McAlpine and Jordan Cieciwa see the night playing out. Follow Gabby @WebSodaGirl and cheer for #TeamGabzilla, or you can back #TeamJC and my picks @FitCityJordan
Chris Weidman (11-0-0) vs. Lyoto Machida (21-4-0)
JC: Thankfully Machida is not known for his leg kicks. I never want to see video like Anderson Silva breaking his shin again, thank you very much. This is the night that Weidman proves himself. However, I think Machida will play the spoiler. Weidman has the advantage in wrestling, but look what Machida did to the last wrestler he met. He destroyed Munoz, and that's no easy task. I think we are looking at a Machida who wants to get back to his winning ways. It's going to start here with Weidman. Look for a very decisive win for the contender. He'll get his timing, and a third round KO.
Gabzilla: Chris Weidman will get this; I have sat with Chris and have had the fortunate opportunity to really chat with him. People say his last two fights were flukes. The knock out and the broken leg... I don't think so. We are in the new age of a champion. I believe in him and nothing can stop him now.
Ronda Rousey (9-0-0) vs. Alexis Davis (16-5-0)
JC: Here is the problem with this fight. Rousey is just simply outstanding. No one in her division has got to the point where they are just purely dominant. She does not have an equal yet. That is just part of the evolution of women's MMA. Someone will put the time in, and have the killer instinct, I don't think it's Davis, not yet anyway. Rousey made it clear last fight that she answered the critics by improving her striking, leaving her game without any holes. She is just too dominant right now to let Davis take the belt. It will be a good fight, Davis is skilled. She just won't get the win. This is probably going to be another first round arm bar.
Gabzilla: I don't think any woman in the division has a chance against Rousey. Lover her or hate her, she is here to stay
Stefan Struve (25-6-0) vs. Matt Mitrione (7-3-0)
JC: I am very excited to see Struve back in the cage, and really think the Martine fight is the only match up that makes sense. Martine is skilled and building a solid career in MMA. He knocks people out, and makes fights exciting. However, Martine is susceptible to the submission game. Those long legs of Struve and the fact that he's a smart fighter, I see this heading to the mat. Very similar to the win against Pat Barry, I see this being a solid triangle choke win for the Dutch Giant.
Gabzilla: I think Matt will take this one. Struve is a giant... He has amazing reach and has won by sub. But I don't think he will be able to manage the power of Martine. Think Matt takes the win by KO
Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos
JC: Uriah Hall just doesn't seem to be there for the big show. If he hasn't gone back to his gym and really turned it up for this fight, I can't see him getting past Thiago Santos. Hall is a terrific wrestler, but it hasn't translated yet to the UFC cage. My fear for Hall is that he looks flat again, loses to Santos, and finds himself out of a job with the UFC. I'm sure being 1-2 in his last three fights has done everything but impress the brass at the UFC. Time will tell, and Thiago Santos is the perfect test to see if Hall belongs in the UFC or not. He is fighting for his job, so he may bring that next level wrestling. I see this ending in a decision with Santos being the victor.
Gabzilla: Hall won his last fight against Lebed but who hasn't beaten Chris... Hall's start in the UFC after TUF has not been good. He has not lived up to the hype Thiago Santos is hungry and will win over hall.