He ate a Hail Mary knockout punch in his last UFC outing, but other than that and a bout where Jon Fitch dry-humped him for three rounds, Silva has been a beast in the Octagon, visiting sudden and overwhelming violence upon opponents. At UFC Fight Night 36 he gets to take on a Pancrase champ, and this one could get bloody. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports He was a champ in Strikeforce, and since losing that belt to Luke Rockhold, has stayed undefeated in his five Strikeforce/UFC bouts since – a feat that’s especially impressive because Jacare took out Yushin Okami in his last fight and sent the Japanese fighter to the World Series of Fighting organization. On Saturday the Brazilian will face Francis Carmont, so expect Jacare to chew the Frenchman up and spit him out. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Oliveira only loses to the Frankie Edgars, Cub Swansons, Donald Cerrones and Jim Millers of the world (i.e., the absolute elite), and his opponent at UFC Fight Night 36 is TUF washout Andy Ogle, who probably can’t even spell the word “elite”. Oliveira is going to shine in this one, and when he shines, it’s “must see” TV. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Machida briefly wore the belt at light-heavyweight, and was long considered one of the most dangerous in that division. But now the middleweight class is where he hangs his hat, and if his destruction of Mark Munoz is of any indication, it’s a weight class that he’s well-suited for. If he gets past Mousasi, consider him on the shortlist for 185-pound title contention. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Mousasi earned championship belts in Strikeforce and DREAM, and did so with the kind of striking that gives opponents nightmares. When he takes on Machida in Saturday night’s main event, the chances of the two engaging in a “hugfest” are virtually slim to none. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
UFC Fight Night 36 approaches, and with it comes another installment of Brazilian-flavored UFC action. In the main event, former light-heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida takes on former Strikeforce champ Gegard Mousasi in a bout that could have serious implications on who’s next in line for a crack at the middleweight belt. Meanwhile, elsewhere on the card, “Jacare” will cast his hat into the 185-pound title contention ring, and derailed star Erick Silva hopes to get back on the winning track. Here’s a breakdown of what’s in store.