UFC 169: Predictions and preview

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Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Renan Barao (blue golves) and Urijah Faber (red gloves) during the interim bantamweight title bout of UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC is back with their annual ‘Super Bowl Weekend’ event, and boy is it stacked. In the main event of UFC 169, newly crowned undisputed Bantamweight champion, Renan Barao, faces off against perennial contender and fan favorite, Urijah Faber. In the co-main event of the evening, long time Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, battles Ricardo Lamas for the title.

The card also features a critical Heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir. Both Overeem and Mir are on big losing streaks, and desperately need a big win Saturday night. There are seemingly very few scenarios in which both men keep their spot on the roster after Saturday night is over. For both men, this is the biggest fight of their respective careers.

Editor-in-chief, Josh Sanchez, and I will break down each fight from the main card and predict the winners. After UFC on FOX 10, I hold a slight lead over Josh with a record of 43-24, while he stands at 40-27.

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Tags: Abel Trujillo Alistair Overeem Frank Mir Jamie Varner Jose Aldo Renan Barao Ricardo Lamas UFC 169 Urijah Faber