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Maggie Hendricks

Top five things to look forward to before spring springs

Maggie Hendricks
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It's a dead time of year in MMA, one with no major fights from the weekend behind us and no major fights in the weekend in front of us. Still, that doesn't mean we don't have plenty to get excited about in the remainder of winter.

5. The UFC in Australia: Seeing how MMA is received in a new part of the world is always an interesting proposition. Will Aussies embrace our sport? Beyond that, the headliner of Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will be a barnburner, and Michael Bisping vs. Wanderlei Silva will show how comfortable Silva is at middleweight. We'll find out the answers to all these questions on Feb. 21.

4. Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg at UFC 109: Yes, they're both over 35 and coming off of losses, and the fight won't mean much in the welterweight championship picture. But they've also been trash-talking since the moment their fight was announced, and they'll make this fight fun part of the geriatric fight card.

3. The UFC debut of Phil Davis: When Davis was wrestling at Penn St., he was always one of the most exciting to watch, even at 197 lbs., a weight class that quite often produces boring matches. Since winning a national championship and graduating, Davis has gone 4-0 in MMA and only one of those fights went made its way out of the first round. He is on the undercard of UFC 109.

2. The U.S. debut of Marius Zaromskis: You want headkicks? Zaromskis has headkicks. He'll bring his headkicking ability to Strikeforce on Jan. 30, facing Nick Diaz for the vacant welterweight belt.

1. The return of Miguel Torres: Before losing to Brian Bowles in August of 2009, Torres had only one loss in his career, and that loss had been avenged. Now, we get to see Torres in a position he hasn't been in for quite a while: the challenger. He starts his climb back to a shot at the belt on Mar. 6 at WEC 47.

What are you excited about in the coming months? (Note: I didn't include anything from the UFC on Versus card because it is on Mar. 21, and the first day of spring in Mar. 20.)

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