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UFC 124 pre-5

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, left, and Josh

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, left, and Josh Koscheck pose during the UFC 124 pre-fight news conference at the Bell Centre in Montreal. (Dec. 9, 2010) Credit: AP

Time for our look at the five fights on the card for UFC 124 in Montreal that interest us the most. 

5) Thiago Alves vs. John Howard

We're secretly hoping this will go three rounds, with non-stop punching going on for 15 minutes. We're openly hoping that Alves actually makes weight this time, too.

4) Stefan Struve vs. Sean McCorkle

Struve always intrigues us, partially because he's so tall and lanky, partially because he goes for submissions with that tall and lanky body and partially because he does it all as a heavyweight. McCorkle is a guy we really don't know too much about inside the cage, regardless of his pre-fight interviews and such. Learning about a new undefeated heavyweight can't hurt, right?

3) Ricardo Almeida vs. TJ Grant

One crazy submission chokehold from Matt Hughes, and Almeida goes from having his name on the marquee to being the second prelim of the night. Ouch. Let's see how the talented Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt responds to that.

2) Jim Miller vs. Charles Oliveira

Is Oliveira (14-0) for real? He gets a great test against strong grappler Miller (18-2). Each fighter loves the submission game -- Oliveira has 7 such victories,  Miller 10. This could be an excellent display of jiu-jitsu for 15 minutes, which sometimes looks boring unless you watch it from the correct point of view of intelligent fighting and counterattacking. Kind of like soccer. Or maybe we'll luck into a big brawl.

1) Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck

Koscheck has the wrestling chops to make GSP think twice about going for the takedown. Then again, this is GSP we're talking about here. He's 62-for-76 in takedown attempts for his career, an 82-percent success rate. Koscheck plays the villian well, and has just as good a shot as anyone else against Montreal's native son in his hometown. Interpret that as you wish.

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