Submission-specialist Wilson Reis has been fighting at a high level for a long time and is a name knowledgeable fans no doubt recognize from his stints in EliteXC and Bellator. Reis was recently signed to fill in against Ivan Menjivar and could surprise some people with his output in the affair. He has the skills to deal with Menjivar’s grappling and the momentum of four straight wins behind him, making for a stiff challenge so long as he doesn’t get lost in the moment and waste time getting settled in the Octagon.
As has been said countless times on this site, one of the most beautiful aspects of Mixed Martial Arts as a sport involves the inherent unpredictability of fighting. All it takes is one punch, a split-second mistake on the ground, or an untimely injury to turn an underdog into a winner or even champion. UFC 165 isn’t likely to be an exception to the rule, and though it’s impossible to know exactly who will be left standing when the smoke clears on September 21, there’s no doubt a few upsets are on the horizon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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