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Coming Saturday to Canada: UFC 161, featuring a pair of light heavyweights looking to rally from recent losses. One is Dan Henderson, a 42-year-old who dropped a February decision to Lyoto Machida. The other: former titleholder Rashad Evans, 33, who also lost by decision in February (to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira). Both will face off in the Winnipeg Octagon. How will the fight go down? What about the others on the card?
Edgar vs. Henderson
Reigning champion Frankie Edgar will be making his fourth defense of the lightweight title, this time against Ben Henderson.
Jackson vs. Bader
Quinton Jackson has already said of his match with Ryan Bader that he'll try to "knock his head off," so look for this to be an entertaining match.
Kongo vs. Hunt
Veterans Cheick Kongo and Mark Hunt will face off against each other in this heavyweight bout. They're both coming off wins in previous events.
Shields vs. Akiyama
Jake Shields and Yoshihiro Akiyama will look to break losing streaks in this welterweight bout. Shields is coming off a defeat to Jake Ellenberger, while Akiyama lost to Vitor Belfort.
Pettis vs. Lauzon
Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon both won at UFC 136, but only one of them can come away victorious when they face off on Sunday.
There's been a lot of talk this week about shots to the head in the National Football League -- primarily of a "these are very bad and should be mitigated somehow" variety. Players have already experienced big-time fines for helmet-to-helmet hits, with more expected to come.
Somehow, we don't think that type of thing would fly at UFC 121. One of the main ways to win is a "knockout", after all. We'd imagine it's more than a little difficult to knock out someone by hitting them in the stomach (although we have no doubt that, were Brock Lesnar to punch us in our stomach, we would likely suffer a temporary bout of unconsciousness). The aforementioned Lesnar will be taking on undefeated Cain Velasquez this Saturday, which should prove to be a key fight in both fighters' careers. Top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Jake Shields will also be in action, taking on Martin Kampmann. How will it all play out?
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Who are you picking as winners this weekend?
MMA Live's Jon Anik
I am discouraged to pick winners for UFC 121 because I will be covering the event. Lesnar-Velasquez is really a pick 'em fight for me. I want to see them in-person before backing one or the other. That said, I still lean towards the bigger man. If I were in Las Vegas and betting the fight, I would probably take Velasquez +150.Full transcript