UFC 163: Jose Aldo takes on 'The Korean Zombie'

Jose Aldo, of Rio de Janeiro ,connects with a right to Frankie Edgar during their UFC 156 featherweight mixed martial arts title match, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Aldo won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Jose Aldo, of Rio de Janeiro ,connects with a right to Frankie Edgar during their UFC 156 featherweight mixed martial arts title match, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Aldo won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

Matt Ramsay

Special to theadvocate.com

The UFC main card will be shown on Pay-Per-View while the undercard will be live and free on network cable TV and facebook.com/ufc.

Main Card: Pay-Per-View

Jose Aldo vs. Chan-Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung

Jose Aldo -- Rio de Janeiro, 5-7, 145 pounds, 22-1-0
Chan Sung Jung – Seoul, Korea, 5-7, 145 pounds, 13-3-0

These two combatants, who have both been named Fighter of the Year in previous years, should make up an exciting main event. Chan-Sung Jung better known as The Korean Zombie was given this name because he seems to be unstoppable. He can take a considerable amount of damage and keep pressing forward.

Jose Aldo, the No. 5 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, will look to use his vicious leg kicks to literally chop down The Korean Zombie.

Jung has been out of the Octagon for a year, so it will be interesting to see how he responds to Aldo’s speed. Jung is actually a replacement selected to face Aldo because Anthony Pettis, Aldo's original opponent, had to pull out with an injury.

Facing Aldo in his backyard could be extremely dangerous, so hopefully the year lay off has helped Jung to heal and improve.

Aldo by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida vs. Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis

Lyoto Machida – Salvador, Brazil, 6-1, 205 pounds, 19-3-0
Phil Davis – Harrisburg, Pa., 6-2, 205 pounds, 11-1-1

Perhaps the most interesting clash of styles will be in the co-main event as the karate specialist Lyoto Machida takes on the national champion wrestler Phil Davis. On paper, it looks to be a nightmare matchup for Machida. However, Machida takes a page from Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell’s book.

Liddell was able to control a fight and stay standing, which made wrestlers and jiu-jitsu practitioners completely miserable. Machida can dictate the fight just like Liddell, and he has a great ground game and a great takedown defense.

Davis is an elite wrestler and in the prime of his career. Davis’ game plan should be to press from start to finish and to drag Machida into the later rounds. With enough persistence, Davis should be able to get Machida on his back and really inflict some serious damage.

If Davis cannot get this to the ground, it will be a long night unless he can land a haymaker.

Machida by Unanimous Decision

Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos

Cezar Ferreira – Sao Paulo, Brazil, 6-1, 185 pounds, 6-2-0
Thiago Santos – Rio de Janeiro, 6-0, 185 pounds, 8-1-0

Cezar Ferreira looks to keep his UFC streak going after winning Brazil’s version of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He has his eyes on the middleweight championship, but must first fight Thiago Santos.

Santos, who should not be confused with the heavyweight Bellator fighter of the same name, has kindly stepped up to the plate on two weeks notice. He even moved up a weight class to take the fight. Santos was a former cast mate on the second edition of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil,”so he has some experience in the Octagon. However, this is a big hill to climb on such short notice.

With that said, if Santos can make it an interesting fight, even with a loss he could have a viable future in the UFC.

Ferreira by TKO (Strikes)

Thales Leites vs. Tom “Kong” Watson

Thales Leites – Rio de Janeiro, 6-1, 185 pounds, 20-4-0
Tom Watson – Southampton, England, 6-1, 185 pounds, 16-5-0

I’m predicting this will be over in a matter of minutes. This fight seems like a nightmare matchup for Tom Watson. Thales Leites is a world class grappler and jiu-jitsu practitioner. Watson, on the other hand, is a striker, and unless he has developed a solid takedown defense, he will be tied-up in a knot and submitted before the first round ends.

Leites by Submission (Anyway he wants)

John “Hands of Stone” Lineker vs. Jose “No Chance” Maria

John Lineker – Parana, Brazil, 5-2, 125 pounds, 21-6-0
Jose Maria—Rio de Janeiro, 5-5, 125 pounds, 33-3-0

Lineker by Unanimous Decision

Undercard:

Live on FX channel

Vinny Magalhaes vs. Anthony Perosh

Amanda Nunes vs. Sheila Gaff

Sergio Moraes vs. Neil Magny

Ian McCall vs. Iliarde Santos

Live on facebook.com/ufc

Rani Yahya vs. Josh Clopton

Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Francimar Barroso

Viscardi Andrade vs. Bristol Marunde