10. Roger Huerta vs.C had Hinton at Bellator 13 on April 8
Probably not the most competitive fight, but it is Huerta’s debut for Bellator so it is a highly anticipated fight. Huerta should walk through the tournament, but there are some tough guys there.
9. Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura at ASTRA on April 25
It probably won’t be the best fight ever, but it is Yoshida’s retirement fight so it has some storyline to it. It is certainly worth a watch.
8. Gegard Mousasi vs. King Mo Lawal at Strikeforce: Nashville on April 17
On paper Mousasi is a much better fighter, but the fight is interesting because King Mo is undefeated, he has a great wrestling pedigree and he is cocky as it gets. Can Lawal back it up? My opinion is that this is too big of a fight, too good of an opponent and too early for Lawal. However, it may be a greatly entertaining fight…maybe.
7. Matt Hughes vs. Renzo Gracie at UFC 112 on April 10
This fight excites me. Two legends of the sport from two different walks of life. You have a great wrestler in Hughes and a great BJJ fighter in Gracie. Both are probably past their primes and I doubt either will be world champion anytime soon, but it certainly is a good match up. Hughes beat Renzo’s cousin, Royce a few years back and Renzo is looking to avenge that loss for his family. Everything about this fight is exciting.
6. Ben Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone at WEC 48 on April 24
This has to be the hands down pick for a fight of the year candidate. These two guys always bring it. They are always entertaining and either of them could win it. Who will come away the WEC lightweight champion? Flip a coin. Their first fight was exciting and competitive and their second will too.
5. Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields at Strikeforce: Nashville on April 17
Dan Henderson makes his Strikeforce debut in a middleweight title bout with Jake Shields. This will be a fun fight, but it may be a bad match style wise for Shields. Jake is a natural welterweight fighting a big middleweight. Shields’ best chance tow in is a submission on the ground, but Dan Henderson is a world class wrestler so a take down may not be easy. Henderson has powerful hands which Jake will need to watch. I doubt this one goes 5 rounds and think it may be Shields’ last fight in Strikeforce.
4. B.J. Penn vs. Frank Edgar at UFC 112 on April 10
I do not know if anyone can beat Penn, but Edgar is an interesting match for Penn. He has great boxing and great all around skills. Plus any time B.J. Penn fights it is worth a watch. The safe pick here is always Penn, but Edgar is a real force.
3. Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia at UFC 112 on April 10
I love the way this fight is billed. The best stand up fighter in MMA vs. the best ground fighter in MMA. Who can argue with that? Folks have said that Silva’s chink in his armor may be a guy who can submit him. Enter Demian Maia. I think Maia has a real chance here, but Silva’s striking is sooooo good and he is sooooo fast. Don’t blink in this one.
2. Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki at Strikeforce: Nashville on April 17
The Strikeforce lightweight champion vs. the DREAM lightweight champion. A great fight. The winner of this will have a real claim as the world’s number 2 lightweight in the world, especially if Aoki wins.
1. Urijah Faber vs. Jose Aldo at WEC 48 on April 24
The best fight of the month on paper…hands down. The former WEC featherweight champion vs. the new guy. Aldo looks dominant and has walked through everyone. Faber is so well rounded, can he get by the quick Aldo? Plus this fight headlines the WEC’s entrance into pay per view. Can’t wait for this one.