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Top Five Reasons To Watch UFC 170

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(Meisha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey Strikeforce press conference, photo: Esther Lin/Forza LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC 170 has been decimated by injuries. The losses of Rashad Evans, Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Gilbert Melendez, and Rafael dos Anjos versus Rustam Khabilov have all severely hurt the quality of this weekend’s card. Still, there are many reasons why you should tune in and pony up the 54.99 for UFC 170. Take a look below to see our top five reasons to watch UFC 170.

1. The Most Prolific Finisher In All of MMA is Headlining This Card

Rousey finished Tate with an Arm Bar at UFC 168
Rousey finished Tate with an Arm Bar at UFC 168

Fight: Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann

Where To Watch: Pay-Per-View

Ronda Rousey is the best bet in all of mixed martial arts to finish a fight. Fans may think of Anderson Silva or Alistair Overeem as premier finishers, but it gets no better than Rousey. Every single one of Rousey’s mixed martial arts bouts have failed to make it to the final bell. What makes Rousey’s 100 percent finish rate even more impressive is that all but one of her opponents have succumbed inside the first round. The only fighter to be in the cage with Rousey longer than five minutes was Miesha Tate back at UFC 168. That fight was still nowhere near competitive as Rousey threw Tate around the cage until eliciting a tapout in the third round. If you’re a fan of watching fights that end in a decisive and brutal fashion, UFC 170 is the card for you.

2. Olympic Fever

Sara McMann took home the silver medal in Olympic Wrestling in 2004.
Sara McMann took home the silver medal in Olympic Wrestling in 2004.

Fights: Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann, Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins

Where To Watch: Pay-Per-View

As the world is glued to the 2014 Winter Olympics, three former Olympians will be going to battle this Saturday. The night’s headliner features a bout between two women who medaled in their respective Olympic game. UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey became the first American woman to medal in Women’s Judo, earning a bronze at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. Rousey’s opponent Sara McMann became the first American woman to win a silver medal in Olympic wrestling at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens. The bout between Rousey and McMann is the first time two former Olympians have fought inside the Octagon.

In the night’s co-main event former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier will take on his former training partner Patrick Cummins. Cormier took fourth place at the 2004 Olympic games and was a member of the 2008 Olympic wrestling team.  If you want to see the world’s most elite athletes competing inside the cage, you need to watch UFC 170.

3. Cummins’ Chance of a Lifetime

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Lattes to UFC Co-Main events. Photo via foxsports.com

Fight: Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins

Where To Watch: Pay-Per-View

Just a little over a week ago, Patrick Cummins was serving lattes out of a drive-thru window in Southern California. Saturday night he’ll be in Las Vegas to go toe-to-toe with Daniel Cormier, one of mixed martial arts fiercest competitors. While the odds are slim, imagine if Cummins pulls off the upset this Saturday. The implications for the light-heavyweight division would be huge. It would also be one of the craziest stories in the history of mixed martial arts. From serving lattes to knocking on the door of a title shot? I’m tuning in for the chance to see history.

4. A Return to Contendership

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Rory MacDonald will look to regain his top ranking this Saturday. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Fight: Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia

Where To Watch: Pay-Per-View

Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia were inches away from title shots before losing each of their last bouts. MacDonald became the latest stepping stone on Robbie Lawler’s comeback path while Maia found out how tough it is to out-grapple Jake Shields. The winner of this Saturday’s bout between the two will be on the fast track to a title shot in the near future. For Maia, a title shot is far from uncharted territory as he unsuccessfully challenged Anderson Silva for the Middleweight Title back in 2010. On the other hand, MacDonald has been constantly in pursuit of the ever so elusive title shot. Fighters tend to put on the best performances of their career when faced with high stakes. I have a feeling this bout will be no different.

5. The Return of the New Breed

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Koch (left) will look to get his career back on track on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy via ZUFFA LLC./Getty Images)

Fight: Erik Koch vs. Rafaello Oliveira

Where To Watch: UFC Fight Pass

Just a little over a year ago, fans were anxiously awaiting Erik Koch’s chance to face-off with Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Title. This Saturday ‘New Breed’ will likely be fighting for his UFC contract against Rafaello Oliveira. Koch was scheduled to face Jose Aldo twice before injuries derailed each of the bouts. Since returning from a year long layoff, Koch has lost consecutive bouts to Ricardo Lamas and Dustin Poirier. In an effort to revive his once promising career, Koch is moving up to the lightweight division for this Saturday’s fight. If Koch can return to the form that saw him knockout Raphael Assuncao and Francisco Rivera, he could become one of the lightweight division’s dark horse contenders. Koch’s return this Saturday will be too good to miss.

UFC 170 takes place this Saturday with a main card airing on pay-per-view at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Before the main card four of the six fights on the preliminary card will air on Fox Sports 1 at 8 PM ET/5PM PT. The two remaining fights will air on UFC Fight Pass at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT.

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