UFC 163 takes place this Saturday night in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and we’ve got the full fight card for you below.
Headlining the show is a featherweight title between reigning champion Jose Aldo and Chan Sung Jung, better known as ‘The Korean Zombie‘.
Aldo has yet to taste defeat in his four fight stint in the Octagon so far and is fifteen fights unbeaten in total heading into his latest title defense.
‘The Korean Zombie’ replaced Anthony Pettis in this fight and can only boast a three-fight winning streak, but the manner of those victories has been impressive, having earned a ‘Fight Of The Year 2012’, ‘Submission Of The Year 2011’ and a ‘Knockout Of The Night’ during that period.
The co-main event sees Lyoto Machida fighting in his native Brazil for the first time in his UFC career against Phil Davis.
Machida has wins over Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson under his belt recently, while Davis also has back-to-back victories over Wagner Prado and Vinny Magalhaes to his name.
There’s been some injury woes suffered since this card was first compiled and that quickly becomes apparent as we run down the rest of the main card which lacks a little strength in depth.
Cezar ‘Mutante’ Ferreira will fight for the first time since winning TUF Brazil season 1 against Thiago Santos who steps in as a late replacement to make his UFC debut.
Former middleweight title contender Thales Leites makes his return to the UFC after a four year absence on a three fight winning streak to face the UK’s Tom Watson who picked up both ‘Knockout Of The Night’ and ‘Fight Of The Night’ against Stanislav Nedkov last time out.
Finally, the main card kicks off with flyweight action as the promising John Lineker attempts to extend his two-fight unbeaten run against another late replacement making his debut, Jose Maria Tome.
See the full fight card below.