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UFC 146: Could tonight's 'biggest' event be the quickest main card in UFC history?

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The main card of UFC 146
The main card of UFC 146

One by one, fights were announced for the UFC 146 card. A preliminary fight here and there, but the meat -- the pay-per-view (PPV) main card -- all turned out to a Heavyweight contest.

The PPV broadcast will hold five bouts where 10 heavyweight fighters will look to advance their rankings in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

The main event, a bout between heavyweight kingpin Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir, sees the champion lock horns with a two-time former champion and each are coming off first round stoppages. For the champ, it was a knockout over Cain Velasquez that won him the title, and for Mir, a submission victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is what led him to this evening's event.

The co-main event is Velasquez himself taking on Antonio Silva. Combined, the two men have nearly 30 fights to their name. And of those bouts, only four times have they involved judges in the outcome.

The two men in the title bout have only gone to a decision a combined five times.

What does all this mean?

If history is any indication, we may be in store for the shortest main card in UFC history.

Before the days of "Prelims" bouts airing on FX, FUEL TV or Facebook, this might have been seen as a blessing.

Unless you were actually at the event or were willing to wait until the DVD was released, the only way to see fighters lower on the UFC totem pole ply their trade was thanks to fights ending in a short -- and often brutal -- manner.

Sometimes, if you were lucky, an event like UFC 54 would come around and you'd get to see every single fight. But now with the company airing each event in its entirety through several different avenues, fights are sometimes seen twice and maybe even three times throughout the evening.

All I'm saying is, you should expect to see Edson Barboza knocking out Jamie Varner at least at a couple of times tonight.

And that's because just about every heavyweight on the card has an awesome habit of ending their fights early. Heck, Shane Del Rosario has only seen the second round once his entire career. And that fight ended only a minute into the second stanza.

I doubt he even realizes fights have judges.

His opponent, Stipe Miocic, has only been to a decision once as has Dave Herman. It seems only "Pee Wee's" opponent for tonight, Roy Nelson, has a fondness for going the distance. It could be, however, because he's just about impossible to finish.

Of his seven losses, six are via decision. And come on, if the UFC heavyweight champion can't put you away after 15 minutes, there's little doubt you pretty freaking tough.

None of these men have made a habit of taking their fights into the later rounds, and I doubt we see any change in this tonight. Expect a lot of downtime, a lot of re-aired "Prelims" bouts and maybe even enough time to follow MMAMania on Twitter.

And then we'll all be able to get to bed at a semi-decent hour. So my sleep cycle thanks you in advance, UFC 146.

Now onto the fights!