UFC 163: Aldo vs The Korean Zombie Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Dillon Collins

The UFC returns to the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro Brazil for the first time since October 2012 and is offering up a dynamite title affair; as featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo takes on fan favorite Chang Sung-Jung, known by the masses as the Korean Zombie.  Add in a high stakes light heavyweight tilt between Lyoto Machida and Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis and you’ve got the makings of a must see event to kick off a busy month of August for the world’s largest fight promotion.

The previous headliner of Aldo defending the 145 pound strap against Anthony Pettis was scrapped when the challenger suffered an injury, opening the door for the surging Zombie to get his long-awaited shot at the gold. KZ has been flawless since making the jump to the UFC from WEC, tapping out old foe in a breathtaking twister submission, stopping Mark Hominick with a highlight reel seven second ko, and tapping Dustin Poirier in a fight of the year candidate. To say that a fight involving the Zombie is sure to produce fireworks is a drastic understatement at this point. Aldo is looking for his fifth straight title defense, having bested Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes and most recently Frankie Edgar in a fight of the night affair this past February. Aldo has not lost since November 2005, and has shown flashes of brilliance with his tenure as UFC champion. The Korean Zombie presents an interesting test to Aldo, as his wild striking and underrated jiu-jitsu game have topped some of the divisions best and brightest. Will Aldo add the Zombie to his ever growing list of victims; or will the Korean Zombie provide another jaw dropping octagon moment and leave Brazil as the new featherweight champion? All things will be answered on August 3rd, only on pay-per-view.

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In the co-main event of the evening top light heavyweight contender Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida squares off against rising star Phil “Mr Wonderful” Davis, in a bout with serious title implications. Machida most recently bested Dan Henderson at UFC 157 in February, firmly establishing himself as a top contender at 205 pounds. Before that he knocked out Ryan Bader, bouncing back from a title loss to champion Jon Jones in Toronto. Davis has rebounded from his first career loss to Rashad Evans with victories over Wagner Prado and Vinny Magalhaes. Machida will undoubtably present the toughest test of the Pen State alums young career. The unorthodox, karate based attack of “The Dragon” collides with the power and wrestling prowess of Davis. Who will take a giant leap towards title contention and who will sent back to the drawing board?

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The main card is rounded out with three intriguing scraps. First, Ultimate Fighter Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira takes on octagon newcomer Thiago Santos; Tom “Kong” Watson faces returning jiu-jitsu wizard Thales Leites and heavy handed flyweight John Lineker takes on late replacement Jose Tome. Ferreira has not fought since winning the Ultimate Fighter at UFC 147, while his opponent Santos makes his octagon debut with a 8-1 pro record. Watson entered the UFC with mega fanfare, but ultimately lost his debut to Brad Tavares, but would win an action packed bout against Stanislav Nedkov in London; his opponent Leites returns to the UFC for the first time in four years, having racked up wins against big show vets Jeremy Horn, Matt Horwich, Jesse Taylor and Dean Lister. Lineker has won two straight fights since losing his octagon debut in a fight of the night performance against Louis Gaudiont , capturing victories against Yushiro Urishitani and Azamat Gashimov; his opponent makes his big show debut with a strong 33-3-2 record with 28 finishes.

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The night preliminary card is anchored by a strong light heavyweight bout between Vinny Magalhaes and Anthony Perosh, while the rest of the televised prelims features a women’s bout between Amanda Nunes and Sheila Gaff, a welterweight bout between grappler Sergio Moraes and Neil Magny and a flyweight fight between Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall and debuting Illiarde Santos. The Facebook fights feature Rani Yahya vs. Josh Clopton, Viscardi Andrade vs. Bristol Marunde and Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Francimar Barroso.

The UFC’s return to Rio is sure to produce fireworks. With a dynamite Featherweight title fight and a score of fights with title and ranking implications, August 3rd will produce many memorable bouts for the UFC, with an event that should not be missed.

Main Card

Jose Aldo (C) vs. Chan Sung Jung

Phil Davis vs. Lyoto Machida

Cezar Ferreira vs. Thiago Santos

Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson

John Lineker vs. Jose Maria Tome

Preliminary Card

Vinny Magalhaes vs. Anthony Perosh

Sheila Gaff vs. Amanda Nunes

Neil Magny vs. Sergio Moraes

Ian McCall vs. Iliarde Santos

Josh Clopton vs. Rani Yahya

Francimar Barroso vs. Ednaldo Oliveira

Viscardi Andrade vs. Bristol Marunde

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