When the world's largest fight promotion hits the airwaves on Saturday night (Nov. 12, 2011) with its UFC on FOX 1: "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos" event it will do so with a heavyweight championship bout for the ages.
But make no mistake about it, Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos isn't the only big fight going down that night. Not by a long shot.
That's because Clay Guida will put his four-fight win streak on the line with a lightweight title shot potentially hanging in the balance when he slings leather against Ben Henderson in the Facebook main event.
Here's what both guys had to say about the match-up:
Guida recognizes how important this fight is, calling it "the biggest fight of his life."
"You're going to see just a whirlwind of hair and cardio and just guys who can go for days, because this is what we were put on this card to do. This is without a doubt the biggest fight of my life. This victory means everything to me right now. This is going to prove a lot to myself and to a lot of the non-believers and maybe to some other people out there who are still in question about me. I believe I'm the best in the division and I've gotta go out there and prove it Saturday night."
Henderson feels the same but he wants to make sure he doesn't just win but does so impressively. Winning may be the most important thing, but it's not the only thing.
"It's a very big fight, man, it's a huge fight. It's a very big deal. Always climbing that ladder trying to get up there, trying to get up to the top. Trying to get 12-pounds of gold around your waist. I'm as confident as any other fighter in the UFC. Me matched up against most other fighters in the 155-pound division, I think I stack up pretty well against them. As far as how I match up against Clay, I think he's known for his cardio and being a good wrestler. I would definitely say my cardio and my wrestling is a little bit better than his. The only thing that matters is going out there and getting that W. Hopefully you look impressive while you do it. So that's all I'm worried about. I'm worried about going out there, getting my hand raised against Clay Guida and hopefully look good doing it. Have Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta and Joe Silva be like, 'Oh, wow, that was really good, that was really cool.'"
Who ya' got in this one, Maniacs? Will "Bendo" rock-n-sock his way to a "smooth" victory? Or will "The Carpenter" chew him up and spit him out?