Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili
Does Aldo still have it? How much does he have left in the tank? Is there a chance he could fight his way back to a title shot? These are all the questions we ask whenever Aldo is in the octagon. Aldo is always up for the challenge but this may be an immovable object meets an unstoppable force scenario.
Merab’s losses are behind him, he hasn’t lost in years and he’s looking to continue his win streak against a legend that can’t afford to lose much at all. This has to be Dvalishvili’s last time winning by decision if he’s looking to ever get a title shot. Another TKO victory against one of the greatest of all time would certainly put Merab in some conversations.
Paulo Costa vs Luke Rockhold
Rockhold has to be done if he loses this fight. I can see him going to PFL, that’s about it. Rory MacDonald and Anthony Pettis may change his mind about coming there though.
Costa has plenty left to offer unless Rockhold folds him like an umbrella stroller on a public bus.
Both men have had their ups and downs but one of them will continue to have downs after this fight. It comes down to who needs it more and who WANTS it more. I think Cost does, I think he is going to make short work of Luke and turn his ass into a force ghost.
Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards
It is easy to see that this is thee fight to watch especially if you have to watch at least three. Usman has been unstoppable, the division bends a knee to its king but Edwards is no slouch. Does Edwards possess the right tools needed to beat the Welterweight goat?
Edwards is soft, it is what it is. We saw Jorge Masvidal slap him backstage and shut him up. This is precisely why we need Edwards to win so that there is at least a possibility we get that fight. Basically, if Edwards wins, the division is wide open again, if not then Usman better be looking to conquer another weight.
More than likely we are looking at Leon taking his second loss against the Nigerian Nightmare. I’d like to see the division open for business again though so I’m kind of rooting for Edwards, I think it’s best for business. Every good story needs a rise, a fall and a great comeback story.