Dave Mandel photographed former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans as he trained with the BlackZilians in Boca Raton, Fla. Evans will battle Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156.

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After the Renan Barao/Eddie Wineland fight was cancelled off the UFC 161 card, the whole card started to fizzle out. Fans of the lighter weight classes were excited to see Barao and Wineland go at it, which looks like won’t happen in the future at this point. Other die-hard mma fans were pumped to see the return of Soa “The Hulk” Palelei, and instead now have to wait a couple more months.

Putting two guys coming off losses in the main event, doesn’t sound very promising for UFC fans. The UFC 161 card isn’t bad, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t see me shelling out $50 for a PPV or even $10 for a drive to the bar. This card is Fuel TV worthy at best in my opinion.

There are two big cards on Friday for the fans that watch more than the UFC. WSOF 3 (NBC Sports Network) and XFC 24: Collision Course (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET) will bring more to the table this weekend for mma than UFC 161 will  bring. Let’s breakdown each fight on the main card and discuss if it is PPV worthy or not.

~ Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson-PPV worthy or not? ~

Both fighters are coming off losses. Nobody wants this fight besides Dan Henderson, and that’s only because he needs a win. “Hendo” comes to fight and Rashad has looked flat in his last two fights (both losses). Henderson is getting old and refuses to go away until he wins UFC gold, and Rashad just continues to fight to stay relevant, but doesn’t seem to have that urge anymore.

The loser of this fight is done, and the winner doesn’t really go anywhere right now. The 205 division is too stacked for these “washed up” fighters to claim top contendership. I see “Hendo” winning this one.

PPV worthy or Not?………………..NOT

~ Stipe Miocic vs. Roy Nelson ~

Let’s be real, “Big Country” or what I call him “Big Country Fried Steak,” is a huge draw for UFC fans and if this card sells at all, it will be from his appearance. I completely see why the UFC brought him in on this card, but his opponent is unworthy to fight a guy like Nelson who is coming off 3 straight wins. Stipe Miocic was scheduled to face returning veteran Soa Palelei, but after the Barao injury was replaced by Nelson. This fight makes no sense to me. They should have given Soa to Nelson, it would have made more sense.

Soa’s fans base is as big as Mark Hunt‘s and it would have sold way more. Stipe is very unknown and is coming off a loss to a guy Nelson smashed in Stefan Struve. Nelson has won his last three fights with finishes in the 1st round, and I don’t see this being any different. So fans that love knock outs will love this fight, but be mad as it will only last a few minutes.

PPV worthy or not?………….NOT

~ Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac ~

Really? This is a prelim at best. Jimmo still has some talk behind his name as he almost knocked out James Te Huna in his last fight, but to list him as the third fight on a PPV card? That just makes no sense. Pokrajac is one of the most inconsistent fighters and is coming off a NC to Joey Beltran and a second round loss to Vinny Magalhães.

This fight has potential to be a war, but shouldn’t be anywhere near the top on this card. I see Jimmo taking it early and Igor receiving his pink slip.

PPV worthy or not?………………NOT

~ Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton ~

Any woman fight inside the octagon right now has all the potential to set off fire works. If you know or have watched InvictaFC Fights or Strikeforce, then you know the name Alexis Davis. She is a top grappler and fans are excited about her joining the UFC. Woman’s mma is huge outside the U.S., and all those fans know the name Rosi Sexton.

She is also a top grappler and has been on the WMMA radar for sometime. Even if you don’t like woman’s mma, you will enjoy this fight as it is one of the only fights on the main card that is worthy to be there. Look for the more experienced fighter in Davis to pull off the win. Sara McMann and Alexis Davis is still one of my dream fights. I expect the winner of this fight to face the winner of the Sara McMann/Sarah Kaufman fight (Davis has already beat Kaufman).

PPV worthy or not?……………..PPV worthy

~ Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan ~

 Pat Barry hasn’t been on a PPV since 2010 (UFC 115) and Jordan is 1-2 in his 3 UFC fights. His PPV fight against Cheick Kongo was sloppy and very boring. Both guys are coming off a win, but that doesn’t mean this fight is PPV worthy. Any fight with Pat Barry is exciting, so why isn’t this the main event of the prelim card?

The main event of the prelim card is Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley. That fight is more PPV worthy that this one. A Prelim main event should leave the fans on their feet wanting more. What better than a Pat Barry knock out/tko to get fans to open their wallets?

This fight will be decent, but is in the wrong order on the card.

PPV worthy or not?…………………..NOT

~ Final Thought ~ 

There are some good fights on this card, but majority of them are not on the PPV card. I’m not trying to take anything away from UFC 161, but UFC summer cards are supposed to deliver and this card is lacking the excitement that the UFC usually brings to their huge summer cards. Barao getting injured and the loss of Sao really dropped the stock of this card in my opinion. Luckily I have Fuel TV to catch up on the Post Fight show. That’s the only I will be watching the main card. MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
  • Stipe Miocic vs. Roy Nelson
  • Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
  • Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton
  • Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
  • James Krause vs. Sam Stout
  • Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson
  • Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire
  • Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague