Originally posted on The Sports Post  |  Last updated 4/25/13
  Aside from the super-hyped main event, the primary reason UFC 159 has the potential to be an especially entertaining night is because the first four fights on the main card each feature a participant determined to prove that his opponent does not deserve to be worthy of his sacred reputation as a top-tier fighter. Jim Miller has fought some of the best in the UFC’s lightweight division and believes that is the only competition that can hold a candle to his skills. This will be opponent Pat Healy’s first UFC fight since 2006 and though he boasts a 6-fight win streak, Miller is looking to show the world that Healy simply cannot deal with the kind of toughness capable of fighting for a UFC belt. Healy has also lost to just about every well-known athlete he’s fought and Miller is confident that he’ll have no problem adding himself to that list of victors thanks to his masterful and ferocious technique on the ground and on the feet. We’ve got a very similar situation with this next light heavyweight battle. Phil Davis has only lost once since entering the UFC, fighting the likes of highly-ranked warriors such as Rashad Evans, Alexander Gustafsson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Ultimate Fighter runner-up Vinny Magalhaes is said to have some of the most dangerous submissions in the game today, but has never had his abilities tested against an elite lightweight who knows how to handle jiu-jitsu practitioners. Davis wants to prove that Vinny’s BJJ accomplishments cannot best someone with the strength and wrestling expertise that has earned him a slot in in two main events. The end result of Roy Nelson versus Chieck Kongo will tell us who gets the unfortunate title as gatekeeper of the heavyweight division. Neither fighter wants to settle for mediocrity, yet most would agree that it’s Nelson who has the record to claim the incoming superiority. Roy Nelson’s knockout power is taken very seriously by everyone in the weight class. The only thing Chieck Kongo is known for is how many times he’s been repeatedly out-classed by several top contenders. Nelson’s priority will be to remind us that anyone foolish enough to stand in front of him will either get knocked out or taken down and brutally pounded until a stoppage is earned. Lastly is the drama-filled middleweight contest between Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher. The only reason Bisping took this fight was because after his latest loss to Vitor Belfort, the Brit was confident that he could make quick work of Belcher and use an obviously impressive victory to re-instate himself in the title picture. Bisping was one win away from a shot at the middleweight belt and possesses some of the most noteworthy athleticism in the UFC whereas Belcher hasn’t beaten any especially threatening fighters. This is why Bisping is under the impression that Belcher won’t be able to stage any formidable offense throughout the fight and therefore will grant him an easy opportunity to showcase the incredible speed and conditioning that made him one of the greatest middleweights on the planet. And these four fighters know just how it feels to be made an example of. They remember what it was like to be blatantly out-classed and they are aching to relish in the pride of not being on the receiving end in that type of ordeal. Jim Miller got the crap kicked out of him by Nate Diaz last May. It was a completely one-sided fight that made Miller’s striking look absolutely pathetic compared to Diaz’s seasoned boxing. His failure to close the distance and impose his will gave the impression that he wasn’t in the same league as Nate. If Miller has his way on Saturday, Healy won’t be able to stage any sort of valuable attack on him and this time, he’ll be the one teaching the up and comer a lesson on who’s boss. Davis’s fight with Rashad Evans put the Penn State wrestling program to shame. Davis, a former national wrestling champion, was supposed to be a grappling force to be reckoned with yet he had no answer to Rashad’s aggressive takedowns. Evans put a real beating on Davis, who looked like he had not yet learned how to properly defend from the bottom position. This is the exact statement Davis wants to make against Magalhaes. He believes his wrestling prowess can overpower Vinny’s submission game, and if he’s successful, we’ll understand that it’s Davis’s grappling, not Vinny’s that is capable of making a run for the title. The beating Evans put on Davis, however, cannot compare to what Junior Dos Santos did to Roy Nelson not too long ago. Nelson has lost to Fabricio Werdum and Frank Mir but Junior’s unbelievable hands prevented Nelson from landing a single clean punch in that fight. At a time when Nelson’s knockout power was the talk of the town, Dos Santos’ stand-up assault proved to be on another level that Nelson had not yet reached. Nelson would love to knock Chieck Kongo to the ground over and over again at UFC 159 because it will show that his punching ability greatly exceeds those of mid-tier heavyweights. We don’t have to explain the last time “The Count” was made a fool out of. Dan Henderson laxly waited for Bisping to stupidly circle right into the line of fire before letting off a thunderous H-Bomb that was heard around the world. Bisping is predicting that there will be just as much of a gap between his stand-up skills and Belcher’s as there was between him and Hendo at UFC 100. These four division staples will all be looking for the most dominant victories of their careers. They don’t want to just win their fights; they want everyone watching to see that their opponents aren’t even qualified to fight them. We can count on Miller, Davis, Nelson and Bisping to go make it a point to flaunt the talent that brought them to the recognition their adversaries don’t have and that should be one hell of a show.

This article first appeared on The Sports Post and was syndicated with permission.

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