As always there are plenty of questions surrounding tonight’s UFC 106 event. Let’s take a look at some of the most important ones that should be answered over the course of the evening.
How Will Forrest Griffin react to his humbling defeat a the hands of Anderson Silva?
The pressure if definitely on for Griffin in this fight after 2 back-to-back defeats. The Anderson Silva K.O in particular appears to have affected him psychologically and it will be interesting to discover if it effects his confidence in the Ortiz fight, particularly if things aren’t going his way early on.
How will Tito’s 19 month layoff and back surgery affect his performance in the later rounds of the main event?
Tito Ortiz has been keen to stress that his back is 100% and that he’s in great shape, but actions speak louder than worse. After a 19 month layoff there is bound to be some ring rust and we won’t know how much until he gets into the heat of the battle.
Does a victory for either Koscheck or Johnson put them next in line for a welterweight title shot after Dan Hardy?
With previous top contenders Mike Swick and Martin Kampmann being defeated recently the welterweight division and Dan Hardy claiming th next shot at GSP, there is now a need for new top contenders. Koscheck in particular, and perhaps Johnson as well if he wins impressively, could stake a claim to be next in line after tonight’s fight.
Can Phil Baroni make a successful return to the octagon or are his best years behind him?
Phil Baroni was a well known figure in the UFC during his initial run with the promotion, but after several years fighting largely mediocre competition does he still have what it takes to compete on the biggest stage, or is he now a spent force?
How far will a win take either Antonio Rogerio Nogueira or Luiz Cane up the light heavyweight division ladder?
With Randy Couture starting to show the signs of age catching up to him and Quinton Rampage Jackson apparently retired there is room for new blood at the top of the LHW division. Two men who have a legitimate chance of challenging for the title in the future fight tonight. Will Cain or Nogueira seize the opportunity?
Ben Saunders Vs Marcus Davis – who will get back to winning ways?
After looking good for a while both Saunders and Davis lost in there previous fights and now need a win to get there careers back on track. It is particularly crucial for Davis who at the age of 37 cannot afford to lose again if he wants to continue to be a significant threat in the welterweight division.