How much does Takanori Gomi have left in the tank?
Gomi's been on a recent slide, losing three of his last five fights. If he loses to Tyson Griffin, we can add his name to the long list of formerly dominant champions whose talents seem to be slipping away. This fight is essentially a must win for Gomi if he wants to remain relevant in the lightweight division. With a win, Gomi could conceivably fight another challenger and be right back in the hunt for a title shot. A loss means that he's lost four of six fights, and if he does lose it's unlikely that he'll ever make it back near title contention.
How good is Jon "Bones" Jones, and how hard will the UFC push him with a win?
It's no secret that Jon Jones is one of the most talented prospects in all of MMA. Jones faces the biggest fight of his life Sunday night for two reasons; because Vladimir Matyushenko will be his toughest opponent to date, and because this is his third main event in a row on free television (counting the TUF 10 finale, where he and Matt Hamill graced the fight posters). The UFC is clearly ready for Jones to absolutely explode. They've already pushed him incredibly hard for a 23 year old prospect, as evidenced by the three consecutive headlining fights he's had on free television. My guess is that if Jones wins, his next fight will be as a co-main event on a large PPV card. Dana White and Joe Silva know a potential PPV star when they see one, and Jones is definitely that. Dana White recently said that with a win, Jones will probably next face a 'top 8' light heavyweight, so if 'Bones' walks out of this fight with a win, expect the hype to continue to grow.