The year 2013 is the 20th year in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a mixed martial arts promotion based in the United States. 2013 will start with UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping. 2013 will also see the introduction of the women's bantamweight weight class with UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche.
The main event is for the UFC featherweight championship, as Jose Aldo looks to defend his strap against former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Featured in the co-main event is the former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
UFC 156 is this Saturday, February 2nd airing live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Paradise, Nevada. The main event will feature a Featherweight title match between Champion Jose Aldo and challenger Frankie Edgar who is dropping down from 155lbs for the first time since losing his belt. This card is stacked with big fights and big names so expect a night full of action. The Facebook prelims start at 6:35pm, then FX will air the next set of prelim fights starting at 8:00pm and the main card can be seen on pay-per-view starting at 10:00pm. Enjoy the predictions and UFC 156 fight card.
Featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar both made weight, making the main event title fight official. Challenger Edgar tipped the scales at 144 pounds. The champion weighed in at 145. Edgar, the former lightweight titleholdr, is making his featherweight debut in the UFC. Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira both weighed in at 206 for the co-main event. Alistar Overeem and Antonio “Big Foot” Silva face off in a heavyweight grudge match. Overeem officially weighed in at 264, while Silva weighed in at 262.
UPDATE: Dustin Kimura weighed in at 139.5 pounds. He will not cut down to make 136, but will fight at 139.5 and be fined 20 percent of his fight purse. Edwin Figueroa later weighed in at 136 pounds on his second attempt, while his opponent, Francisco Rivera, who was also overweight, tipped the scale at 135.5 on his follow up trip to the scale.
Date: February 2, 2013 Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center City: Paradise, Nevada, USA