Nov. 8 will be a night to remember as the UFC kicks off the second of two fight cards when Fight Night 56 goes underway in Uberlandia, Brazil.

UFC Fight Night 56 will take place at the Ginásio Municipal Tancredo Neves and will air live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 10:30 pm here on the East Coast and 7:30 pm PT.

In the night’s main event, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will meet Ovince St. Preux in a light heavyweight collision. Shogun will attempt to stand alone with the most wins at 205 pounds under the UFC/Pride banner. He currently shares the crown with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as both men hold 18 wins.

The co-main event will feature flyweights Ian McCall and John Lineker, who hope to connect the dots and enter in the 125-pound title conversation.

The MMA Corner’s Josh Davis (27-13) and Garrett Derr (24-16) are here to make their predictions for every main card fight.

Check them out below.


Juliana Lima vs. Nina Ansaroff

Davis: After starting off 1-3, Ansaroff has reeled off 5 straight wins and should get her 6th straight victory against Lima.  Lima is no slouch and will make a fight of it, but the Ansaroff’s striking will pay off in the end. It will be Ansaroff with her hand raised.

Prediction: Ansaroff by KO, Round 3

Derr: Lima and Ansaroff have an enormous opportunity to get the UFC’s strawweight on the map. Lima has proven her chin can take a beating, but she hasn’t fought a striker like Ansaroff. Look for both of these 115-pounders to impress, but it’ll be Ansaroff who connects for the finish.

Prediction: Ansaroff by KO, Round 2


Claudio Silva vs. Leon Edwards

Davis: These are the types of fights that really allowed this sport to grow into what it is today.  This is a classic striker vs grappler match up and someone is either going to sleep or tapping out.  Edwards has some heavy hands, but fighting in BAMMA has never allowed him to face a grappler like Silva.  Silva lost his first professional fight and has since won ten straight. The 11th comes Saturday night.

Prediction: Silva by Submission. Round 1

Derr: Silva is the frontrunner heading into his matchup with Edwards. This is an ideal opportunity for both men to showcase their skills on FOX and establish themselves as an up-and-coming prospect in the UFC’s 170-pound division. Edwards may hold the edge on his feet, but Silva will certainly look for the takedown early into round 1. If Edwards can display efficient takedown defense, he’ll get to utilize his striking game—that’s a big if. Silva will have his way in this one.

Prediction: Silva by Submission, Round 2


Warlley Alves vs. Alan Jouban

Davis: This is a very intriguing match up and to be honest, I have to say that Alves is the smart pick in this fight.  Alves is undefeated and the Season 3 TUF Brazil winner.  Alves has solid striking and good submissions, and has all the skills necessary to win this fight.  Jouban is no scrub rollover though.  He debuted at UFC Fight Night Bader vs St. Preaux a  knockout finish over Seth Baczynski and I believe he finds a similar finish here.

Prediction: Jouban by KO, Round 2

Derr: Meet two of the most promising prospects in the welterweight division. Much like the previous fight, Jouban will look to stand and trade while Alves will be in his element on the ground. Jouban will need to push the pace and prevent fighting from his back. If Alves can establish his dominant top position, it could be a hasty night for Jouban. I like Alves’ chances.

Prediction: Alves by KO, Round 1


Ian McCall vs. John Lineker

Davis: This could be the best fight on the card and one that I am looking forward to. There is no question that if Lineker hits you, you are going to feel it and if he connects in this fight, it will be lights out for “Uncle Creepy”. In order for Lineker to win this fight, he is going to have to stuff some take downs and lands some big shots.  McCall on the other hand, needs to keep Lineker guessing and can’t get caught in the guessing game. Look for McCall to get the takedowns needed to control the pace of the fight and out work Lineker.

Predictions: McCall by Decision

Derr: Lineker has the power to knock you into next week, which he’s done in four of his last 5 outings. McCall will not be the next victim to that list as closes the distance extremely well. The explosiveness and nonstop pace that McCall brings to the table is hard to run toe-to-toe with. Look for McCall to work the fight to the floor and implement his famous ground-and-pound that he nearly finished Demetrious Johnson with. But just like Johnson, Lineker will survive the storm, only to come up short.

Prediction: McCall by Decision


Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Ovince St. Preux

Davis: Obviously this is not the fight that a lot of fans were hoping to see, but trust me when I say, don’t sleep on this fight. Anyone who followed Pride will always love Shogun, but if we’re being true to ourselves, his best days were in Pride.  At this point in his career, I have to ask the question, what does he have left?  Let me answer thatnot much. But he does have enough left to get a victory in this fight.  OSP is definitely a fighter that has potential and could be an elite level fighter in the future, but he’s still not ready for the likes of Shogun.

Prediction: Rua by TKO, Round 3

Derr: Long time fans of the sport fear that St. Preux will play it safe, taking the fight to the ground for a snoozing decision win. Hear’s to hoping that doesn’t happen. But OSP is an athlete and his quickness might be too much for a man who’s been around since the establishment of Pride. Nov 8 will prove to Rua and fans alike whether the boat continues to sail or that it’s time to hang it up for good. But something tells me that Shogun still has some left in the tank. Brazil is about to explode.

Prediction: Rua by KO, Round 2 


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