When Dana White promised fans that he would expand the UFC world-wide he apparently wasn't joking. After recently making their debut in Germany and Australia the promotion is now camped in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for UFC 112: "Invincible." An open air arena has been constructed for the event and two prominent championships will be on the line under the stars as Andersen Silva defends his middleweight belt against Demian Maia and BJ Penn will throw down with number one contender Frankie Edgar.
Kendall Grove vs. Mark Munoz
Kendall Grove is 6'6" and fights at middleweight. His length presents problems for people but his UFC 101 opponent, Ricardo Almeida says that it's impossible to find training partners with Grove's length and skillset combined. Da Spyder is a respectable 6-3 in the UFC against some tough competition and has seven career submission wins, including his most recent fight vs. Jake Rosholt, whom he defeated by triangle choke.
Munoz is 7-1 overall (2-1 UFC) with his only defeat coming by the devastating head kick of Matt Hammill in his UFC debut. He was twice crowned California State Champ as a high school wrestler and has honed his game for mma quite well. The Filipino Wrecking Machine has won back to back fights against Nick Catone and Ryan Jensen, respectively, and was 2-0 in the WEC before they dissolved their heavier divisions.
Terry Etim vs. Rafael Dos Anjos
Etim is one of the many young British fighters with a promising future. At 24 years old he's already 5-2 in the UFC and 11-2 as a pro. A practitioner of Luta Livre, a freestyle fighting discipline with a strong grappling base, Etim has finished 11 of his 14 wins by submission, which makes him an interesting opponent for Dos Anjos.
Dos Anjos might be best remembered for his Fight of the Night performance against Tyson Griffin in April of '09 in which he had Griffin tangled in a nasty compression lock among other submission attempts. He went on to lose the fight by unanimous decision but such a battle with a fighter of Griffin's caliber opened a lot of eyes. He's now rattled off consecutive wins and will be looking to make it three in a row against the talented Brit.
Matt Hughes vs. Renzo Gracie
This fight has history and story lines. Two legends, one a future UFC Hall of Famer, the other a member of the family that started the UFC. Hughes has already defeated a Gracie (Royce) and Renzo has defeated Hughes' long-time coach, Pat Miletich. There's been some trash-talking and these guys are ready to go. Hughes is coming off of a win over rival Matt Serra almost a year ago which would seem like a long time unless you look at the fact that Gracie hasn't fought in over three years. Hughes is 36 years old, Gracie is 43. Hughes is a veteran of 50 professional fights and Gracie nineteen. It seems as though the stats lean toward a Hughes victory but Gracie isn't making his UFC debut with any plans to lose.
BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar
Penn has exactly one loss at lightweight and that was over nine years ago to Jens Pulver. He's ranked #1 in the weight class on pretty...