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UFC 156: The Most Overrated, Underrated Matches

Tonight’s UFC 156 card is jam-packed with exciting and entertaining matches.

From the super-fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar, to the return of Rashad Evans, the card has a little bit of everything.

Two matches, though, have caught my eye in terms of being overrated and underrated.

UFC 156: Most Overrated Match

Heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Antonio Silva are likely fighting for a future UFC heavyweight title opportunity.

While the No. 1 contender spot is obviously Overeem’s to lose, is Silva really a worthy challenger because he defeated Travis Browne? Do we not remember the bloody mess Cain Velasquez left of Silva when they met last year?

Overeem, despite the extended sideline break, should easily take Silva apart. If Daniel Cormier could knock Silva down and out, there’s no telling what a dangerous and motivated Overeem can do.

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UFC 156: Most Underrated Match

After seeing Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson put on a 25-minute war inside the Octagon for the UFC flyweight title, Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall will want to continue the flyweight push.

Both Benavidez and McCall are seeking a second – in McCall’s case, a third – chance at taking down Johnson, and these two exceptional athletes will kick-start the pay-per-view in awesome fashion.

Benavidez has 12 stoppage victories in 19 fights, while McCall has seven in 15. Benavidez has never been stopped, while McCall has suffered just one submission defeat.

While Aldo-Edgar will likely have to be a quick finish to not secure “Fight of the Night” honors, my early money is on Benavidez-McCall.

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