Fifty-five thousand fans will pack the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 30 to be a part of a historic night. The attendance record of 23,152 will be shattered on Saturday as the UFC has put together one of the best fight cards ever. A total of ten Canadian fighters will take part in the event, including UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. All undercard fights for the event will be shown live, with five contests airing on Facebook (beginning at 6 p.m. ET) and Spike TV broadcasting two preliminary bouts (at 8 p.m. ET). The evening will end with five fights, including two championship affairs, airing on pay-per-view at a new start time of 9 p.m. ET.  Twelve fights total will take place on Saturday, and TheMMACorner will predict the outcome of each one.

The main event of the night is one that many people overlook, but will be a fight worth watching. Georges St-Pierre, who has defended his welterweight crown five times, will face Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Jake Shields. St-Pierre is without a doubt the favorite in this fight, being one of, if not the, best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. However, Shields possesses a style that the champ has never faced in his career. The Cesar Gracie disciple and former Strikeforce middleweight champion comes into this fight following huge wins over Dan Henderson and welterweight top contender Martin Kampmann. He is also currently on a fifteen-fight win streak, exceeding everyone in mixed martial arts. But even with that said, Shields is still a vast underdog against GSP. For Shields to win the belt, he will have to turn the contest into a grappling match. He is outmatched by the champ in both the striking and wrestling departments. The key for GSP is to not get in many scrambles on the ground for Shields to lock in a submission, and to just be his normal self by striking efficiently to setup a double-leg takedown.

With the main event being so prominent, many forget there is another title fight on the card. Jose Aldo will defend his featherweight belt against Canadian Mark Hominick. Aldo became the first UFC featherweight champion by defeating Manny Gamburyan back in September at WEC 51. Many do not know much about Aldo, but he is one of the best fighters in the world and is very well-rounded. Twelve of his eighteen wins have come by knockout, but he is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His opponent, Hominick, is no push-over. At Fight for the Troops 2, he knocked out George Roop at just 1:28 in the first round to earn the No. 1 contender position. Hominick’s style is technical in how he uses his punches and kicks, which makes this a striker vs. striker matchup. For him to win this fight, he needs to not get too aggressive, while keeping the fight standing. The champ, on the other hand, can take the fight to the mat if he chooses, but will probably want to trade blows with Hominick instead. Don’t be surprised if this is the Fight of the Night.

Another high-profile fight on this card is Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida. Couture, a UFC Hall of Famer, has confirmed that win or lose, this will be his last fight. He would love to leave the sport on a good note, but has a tough task in front of him in Machida, the former UFC light heavyweight champion. For Couture to win, he will have to slow the pace of the fight. Machida is quick on his feet, which causes problems for the forty-eight year-old legend. Couture will have to use the cage to his advantage, and try to take down the Brazilian. For Machida to win, he needs to use his speed and movement to his advantage. If he does so, he can take a decision over Couture.

Also on the main card is a battle of two wrestlers as Vladimir Matyushenko takes on Jason Brilz in a light heavyweight contest. And to kick off the pay-per-view, Canada’s own Mark Bocek battles former WEC lightweight champion, Ben Henderson.

Predictions:
Main Card
UFC Welterweight Championship: Georges St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields- Don’t be surprised if a new champ is crowned, but the safe pick is GSP. His athleticism is like none other and he will come in with the mindset to defend his belt.
Prediction: Georges St-Pierre, 4th round TKO

UFC Featherweight Championship: Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick- Aldo is certainly a very talented fighter in all areas, but Hominick has his eyes on the prize and will win the belt in his home country.
Prediction: Mark Hominick, unanimous decision

Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Jason Brilz- This fight could either be a slugfest or a wrestling match. An early stoppage is possible and “The Janitor” will get it.
Prediction: Vladimir Matyushenko, 1st round TKO

Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida- Machida desperately needs a win after losing two straight, and will get a victory against the legend. Couture will, as always, be humble in defeat though.
Prediction: Lyoto Machida, unanimous decision


Spike TV Prelims
Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald- This is an interesting matchup that will test both men. Diaz comes in with much more experience than does the twenty-two year old prospect, which could be the deciding factor.
Prediction: Nate Diaz, 2nd round TKO


Sean Pierson vs. Jake Ellenberger- Ellenberger steps in for the injured Brian Foster and will prove yet again that he should be considered a top contender in the welterweight division.
Prediction: Jake Ellenberger, 1st round KO

Facebook Fights
Claude Patrick vs. Daniel Roberts, Prediction: Claude Patrick, unanimous decision
Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia, Prediction: Charlie Valencia, split decision
Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen, Prediction: Ryan Jensen, 3rd round TKO
John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson, Prediction: Kyle Watson, unanimous decision
Yves Jabouin vs. Pablo Garza, Prediction: Yves Jabouin, 2nd round KO

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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.