UFC Fight Night 36: Machida versus Mousasi goes down Saturday night with preliminary card action beginning at 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT and the main card starting at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT. Why should you bother to put aside some time on Valentine’s Day weekend to watch this card? Let’s take a look at the top three reasons to watch UFC Fight Night: Machida versus Mousasi.
1. The Next Middleweight Title Challenger
The winner of the night’s main event between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi will likely challenge for the UFC Middleweight Title at some point later this year. The fact that there is a title eliminator on free TV should be enough to make you watch the fight but it also helps that it’s one of the most intriguing striking match-ups the UFC could make. Machida’s karate background has been well documented. His ability to counter his opponents with complete and utter devastation is unmatched in MMA. Mousasi on the other hand is one of the most technically sound kickboxers in the sport today. Put the two together and you have a striking matchup for the ages. Not a bad way to determine the next middleweight title challenger.
2. A Good Ol’ UFC versus StrikeForce Match-up
I know that most people are over the “UFC versus StrikeForce” thing but this Saturday’s fight between Jacare Souza and Francis Carmont is an example of what fans were hoping for when ZUFFA bought out StrikeForce. Jacare is one of the most prolific submission artists in all of Mixed Martial Arts. His list of victims who have either tapped are gone to sleep include current Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Schlemenko, Robbie Lawler, and Ed Herman. In addition to his insane submission skills, Jacare has shown vastly improved striking which was in display in his knockouts of Yushin Okami and Derek Brunson.
His opponent Francis Carmont is undefeated in his six UFC apperances. He’s shown the ability to out-strike and out-grapple his opponents. His length and solid all-around skills provide for an interesting challenge to the former StrikeForce Middleweight Champion. The Georges St. Pierre trained Carmont can find himself on the fast track to super-stardom with a win over Souza.
3. Two of MMA’s Brightest Prospects
One thing the UFC Fight Night cards have been great at is showcasing young, up and coming fighters. This Saturday’s card is no different. On the main card 24 year old Charles Oliveira will look to get back in the win column against fellow 24 year old Andy Ogle. It’s hard to believe that Oliveira is still just 24. ‘Do Bronx’ made his UFC debut back in 2010 and has had his equal share of strong performances and disappointing outings. If Oliveira can have a strong outing against Ogle, it will be his first step towards regaining the status he built up for himself back in 2010.
Also on the main card, 27 year old Nico Musoke will take on dangerous Brazilian Viscardi Andrade. Musoke made a huge splash in his UFC debut by submitting veteran Alessio Sakara. What was most impressive about Musoke’s debut was that he was able to outstrike a vaunted boxer like Sakara. If Musoke can make it two in a row against Andrade, he will be a fighter to watch for years to come.
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