It's time for another edition of Buzzfeed!, breaking down UFC 169: "Barao vs. Faber 2," which takes place TONIGHT (Sat., Feb. 1, 2014) from Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Here is everything you need to know about the mixed martial arts (MMA) event that takes place later this evening in the "Garden State."
Let's get right to it:
Who: Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber
What: UFC 169
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Where: Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey
Why It Matters: After Dominick Cruz suffered yet another injury setback three weeks ago and was stripped of his bantamweight championship, "The California Kid" Urijah Faber tries to not only avenge his UFC 149 loss against Renan Barao, but also capture the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) belt he has pursued for years.
Will we see a faster, slicker and all-around better version of Faber or will bantamweight champion, Barao, make a case to be considered as the best fighter in the world with a second victory over his opponent?
What's Hot: With the previously mentioned championship match serving as the main event, the co-main event sees Ricardo Lamas challenge UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo in a scrap that has taken too long to book. Lamas seemed like the clear-cut No. 1 contender, however, after a series of events in the division that had him sidelined for a year, "The Bully" gets his chance to dethrone arguably the best Brazilian fighter on the planet alive today.
Also on the main card is a Heavyweight clash for the ages between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem, alongside a Flyweight scrap that pits John Lineker against Ali Bagautinov.
UFC 169 will also serve as the annual "Super Bowl" card for the promotion, which means you could plug in the deep fryer and binge on unhealthy foods and alcoholic beverages one night early.
If only we had Monday off ...
What's Not: About that heavyweight fight -- it is viewed as a loser leaves town match. And from a fan's perspective, it is highly anticipated to say the least.
However, from a promoter's perspective, isn't it a bit dangerous and maybe avoidable to put two behemoths in there who have suffered multiple knockout defeats in their last few outings? Mir and Overeem have lost a combined 15 fights by knockout, and if an early prediction means anything anymore, the chance that this bout goes to a decision is slim. With that being said, brain damage is kind of a big issue here, and if one of these athletes suffers another knockout loss, whomever it is better hang up the gloves or take a lengthily hiatus.
The flyweight fight between John Lineker and Ali Bagautinov was seen as a non-official No. 1 contender's match up to determine Demetrious Johnson's next opponent. And although this will not affect Bagautinov if he is victorious, Lineker can probably kiss that shot goodbye even if he brutally knocks out Bagautinov in three seconds.
That's because Lineker initally missed weight yet again at the weigh in, marking the fourth time he has had serious trouble on the scale. If he loses, the talented 24-year old might have to find work elsewhere. Who knows what his punishment will be even if he leaves the Octagon with a win.
New Blood: Six fighters will make their Octagon debuts tonight (three of which are undefeated), looking to conquer the jitters first before dishing out the punishment onto their opponents.
Tony Martin looks to impress against Rashid Magomedov, coming into the bout with an 8-0 record, including six submission wins (apart from two wins via kimura, every other victory came by a different submission).
His opponent Magomedov, the M-1 Global alumni, makes his debut after going 15-1 on the regional circuit of Europe. He has not lost since 2010.
Gasan "Cobra" Umalatov is a fellow M-1 Global veteran who must beat Neil Magny in the second bout of the evening, since he comes into this fight with a 1-1 record with those two fights being a year apart.
Andy "Tank Mode" Enz gets stiff competition in his debut against Clint Hester, although Enz is no slouch -- he had three first-round submission victories in 2013 before getting the call from Joe Silva to participate in this event.
Another successful submission practitioner, Kevin Lee enters the toughest fight of his career against Long Island's Al Iaquinta after his 2013 comprised four submission victories. Lee is 7-0, with next month marking the two-year anniversary of his professional fighting career.
Finally, Danny Martinez will be looking to make waves in the flyweight division when he battles Chris Cariaso in the co-main event of the "Prelims." Martinez has fought under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner before, losing to Joseph Benavidez in his sole appearance for the promotion.
Original Card vs. Actual Card: There may be some Cruz fans who are extremely upset with this outcome -- that match up would have been a contest between the two best bantamweights in the world to determine the true 135-pound champion.
With Cruz's layoff a big question coming into the fight, we will have to wait and see if "The Dominator" can reclaim his championship status any time soon.
Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira were briefly linked as headliners for this card, but that Light Heavyweight championship match did not materialize as the main event.
Abel Trujillo was expecting Bobby Green as his original opponent, however he will have to settle for former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Lightweight champion Jamie Varner instead after Green pulled out of the fight.
Kyoji Horiguchi was expected to face Chris Cariaso in an extremely entertaining flyweight bout on paper, however the Japanese product suffered an injury and Danny Martinez replaced him.
How The "Prelims" Look: The "Prelims" look okay, and somewhat satisfactory, but the under card lacks notables to really excite the observers of the sport.
Taking place on UFC Fight Pass early on in the evening, Neil Magny faces Gasan Umalatov, Tony Martin fights Rashid Magomedov, and Clint Hester dukes it out with Andy Enz in the Middleweight division.
Explosive fighters John Makdessi and Alan Patrick will headline the FOX Sports 1 (FS1) portion, and Chris Cariaso against Danny Martinez will serve as the co-main event. Rounding up the bill will be Nick Catone versus Tom Watson and Al Iaquinta faces Kevin Lee as the broadcast's opening number.
Who Needs A Win Badly: Obviously, the heavyweights are put into question here, as Overeem looks for his second UFC victory after going 1-2 thus far and suffering two back-to-back knockout losses against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Travis Browne last year.
The same goes for Mir, who is trying to shake off three consecutive losses and retirement talk, too. In his eight losses, Mir has suffered either a knockout or a technical knockout in seven of those unsuccessful nights. This is what they would call a "Pink Slip on a Pole" match in pro wrestling.
Even though he is riding a four-fight win streak, including three knockout wins, Lineker has suffered alarming weight trouble four times out of a possible six, which is just unacceptable. If he fails to beat Bagautinov, don't be surprised to see him released as soon as the post-fight press conference commences because of his unprofessional.
Nick Catone needs a win since his last fight was over a year ago and he has two stoppage losses in his last two fights.
His opponent, Tom Watson is coming off of a loss, but he should be safe with an entertaining performance. The same goes for Jamie Varner, who is 2-2 in his second UFC stint.
Neil Magny has dropped two straight in the promotion, and his 1-2 record going into his "Prelims" fight against Umalatov is surely not enough to keep him around if he loses at the Prudential Center.
And believe it or not, Urijah Faber is in a must-win position in the main event. Not because his job depends on it, but more so it is his third title shot in the UFC -- and if he can't win the strap, a fourth shot is practically non-existent in today's age.
Faber would join the ranks of Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen who have struck out three times.
Interest Level: 9/10
Two championship fights, a huge heavyweight clash, a flyweight contest that could have title implications and a barnburner of a match up in the lightweight division completes the main card in Newark. And you really can't ask for more.
We will get to see if the Brazilians can preserve their championship status in UFC or if "The California Kid" and "The Bully" can bring the gold back to their respective cities of Sacramento and Chicago.
Also, like mentioned before, the Super Bowl is the next day. Fight cards that take place on action-packed weekends are always that much better.
Here is the full UFC 169: "Barao vs. Faber 2" fight card:
UFC 169 Main Event (PPV):
135 lbs.: UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber
UFC 169 Co-Main Event (PPV):
145 lbs.: UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas
UFC 169 Main Card (PPV):
265 lbs.: Alistair Overeem vs. Frank Mir
125 lbs.: Ali Bagautinov vs. John Lineker
155 lbs.: Abel Trujillo vs. Jamie Varner
UFC 169 "Prelims" Under Card Pt. 2 (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: John Makdessi vs. Alan Patrick
125 lbs.: Chris Cariaso vs. Danny Martinez
185 lbs.: Nick Catone vs. Tom Watson
155 lbs.: Al Iaquinta vs. Kevin Lee
UFC 169 "Prelims" Under Card Pt. 1 (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Andy Enz vs. Clint Hester
155 lbs.: Rashid Magomedov vs. Tony Martin
170 lbs.: Neil Magny vs. Gasan Umalatov
Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 169 card tonight, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims," which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised under card bouts at 8 p.m. ET and then main card PPV action, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.