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UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi Could Be a Monster Fight Card

It looks like the UFC isn’t going to be depending solely on the drawing power of Renzo Gracie vs. Matt Hughes and the allure of free air conditioning to make their first Abu Dhabi event a success.  In a video posted to his website today lightweight champ B.J. Penn says he expects to make his next title defense on the April fight card.  He doesn’t mention who his opponent might be, but I think we can assume that if Gray Maynard feeds Nathan Diaz a steady diet of takedowns and noogies like we all expect him to in the main event this Monday’s UFC Fight Night, he has a pretty good shot at getting the call.

If Diaz manages to pull out the win however, it would put his current win streak at a meager two, and then we’d like Frankie Edgar‘s chances to get utterly destroyed by a semi-interested Penn. 

So okay, one title fight for Abu Dhabi and a couple old-timers going at it.  That ought to be good enough, right?  Only maybe not.  In an interview with Tatame, Carlos Santos of Team Emirates says that both Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort have contacted him through their representatives to train at his Abu Dhabi gym in the days leading up to the fight.  Does this mean Silva-Belfort will also go down at UFC 112?  Either that, or these guys both just really want to see the Al Hosn Palace without interrupting their regular training schedules.

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ReX13- January 8, 2010 at 6:32 am
Put another name in the Vitor column. Silva's precision may be precise, but Vitor's hands are things of beauty--right up there with Jennifer Love Hewitt (when she was 20) and Gina Carano photoshop jobs. I'm not laying money on this one, but saying that Silva wins via murder is a bit too hyperbolic.
CheckHisPee- January 7, 2010 at 10:36 am
@ i put on my rob...
and ditto
i put on my robe and wizard hat- January 7, 2010 at 8:35 am

you mean un-spectacularly?

it's been a while since anderson has taken on a gentleman with fast hands, i'm really looking forward to this fight.
Smitty- January 6, 2010 at 9:02 pm
You last two cats are smokin some bomb ass shit!!! As soon as VB "comes after" the spider, that dudes spider sense is gonna start tinglin like a mufucka, and he's gonna finish that dude like this comment............
iDestroy- January 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks vitor is gonna beat anderson.

If anderson tries to pull that dancing head bobbing bull crap like he's done against forrest and others, he'll get a fist through his face.
NinJay- January 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm
Speculation of course but Vitor vs Anderson would be amazing. I don't think it would be as one sided as you guys think. In fact I think vitor will beat him. V has extremely good boxing (as does Silva) but I think he is way more hungry then Anderson.
intercept440- January 6, 2010 at 7:09 pm
just speculation at this point for silva vs. belfort
munche- January 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm
So between this card and UFC 111, they're stacking them up. It's like Dana White took all this media lately and is like, "losing momentum, huh? I'll show these mother fuckers!"

Which honestly I could imagine him doing exactly that
ChuckLiddellsMohawk- January 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm
vitor is not ready yet, only 1 fight back in the ufc and he gets silva... someone book his hospital bed. feed him nate first then go from there!!
831 Son- January 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Anderson is going to demolish Vitor. Can't fucking wait.
LET IT RAIN- January 6, 2010 at 3:53 pm
The only way i see this getting any better is if Bruce Buffer would yell, "LET ITTTT RAAAAIIIIINNN!!" prior to the Vitor vs. Anderson fight.