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So who you got? Barao or Faber? Let us know via Twitter!
So who you got? Barao or Faber? Let us know via Twitter!

By Frank LaCosta

The month of February has two UFC pay-per-views. Each one has some great fights going on. Here’s a quick breakdown of the UFC 169 fights with predictions:

Renan “The Baron” Barao (33-1-0) vs. Urijah “The California Kid” Faber (30-6-0)
The main event and bantamweight title fight will be a rematch between two fighters weighing in at 134 pounds. Think about that. Lots of striking, action on the ground and high energy. Faber has a shot with punches but more than likely it’ll be a game of submission. Prediction: This one goes the distance and Barao wins via decision.

Jose “Junior” Aldo (23-1-0) vs. Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas (13-2-0)
This featherweight title fight should take “Fight of Night” honors. Lamas has a significant edge when it comes to submission and takedown offense, but Aldo is no stranger to the game and will be prepared. Aldo is younger and has more experience. Prediction: Aldo plants one on the button in the third round and wins by knockout.

Frank Mir (16-8-0) vs. Alistair “The Reem” Overeem (36-13-0)
No titles on the line here. Just a battle between the big boys. Mir is the blue collar, working man’s fighter who packs a punch and has takedown skills. Overeem is a beast (chemically enhanced?) who will prefer to stand and bang. Prediction: This one could be over in the first round if one of the two connects early on. That probably won’t happen, so look for Overeem to deliver the knockout in the second round.