MMA - UFC Fight Night and Bellator 183
Well, well, well, we don't get just one free event this weekend, but we will get two!
UFC Fight Night (Japan) will be free on FS1, and of course Bellator 183 will air free on Spike TV as usual. And, between the two, we might have just enough entertainment where we feel like we got a free PPV. We'll have names like Okami, Saint Preux, Roy Nelson, Ben Henderson, Lorenz Larkin, Gomi, Daley, Hyun Kim, and Andrade, so there will be no lack of past, present and future talent on display this weekend.
In my opinion, I am a little more excited for the Bellator card than I am for the UFC card. The fight I am most looking forward to is the Lorenz Larkin vs. Paul Daley. Semtex is 6-2 in his last 8 fights, and has racked up 5 KO or TKO stoppages in those fights. This guy brings the "bombs" if you will. Lorenz is 4-2 in his last 6 with wins over UFC stars like Neil Magny and Jorge Masvidal. I expect nothing but highlight real footage from these two monsters, and they didn't even rate Main or Co-Main event status!
The Main Event for the Bellator card pits long time UFC standout and former champ Ben Henderson against yet another Freire brother. He recently beat Patricio by TKO due to an injury, and now will fight Patricky Freire. This fight, also should contain plenty of highlight reel footage, but since his loss to Anthony Pettis, it just seems like we haven't quite ever seen the old "Smoooooth" Ben Henderson.
The Co-Main Event for the card features another UFC defector in Roy Nelson. Roy hasn't necessarily been lighting up the win column, but he continues to entertain. He will be Javy (Javier) Ayala. Javy has been impressive in his last 8 fights compiling 4 KO/TKO, and 2 submission stoppages against only 2 losses. With that said, even an old Roy Nelson will be his toughest test to date, so we will see how Javy handles the big light, and Big Country!
The remainder of the Main Card for Bellator 183 is as follows:
- Ben Henderson vs. Patricky Freire
- Roy Nelson vs. Javy Ayala
- Lorenz Larkin vs. Paul Daley
- Adam Piccolotti vs. Goiti Yamauchi
- Aaron Pico vs. Justin Linn
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UFC Fight Night
This card will take place over in Japan, so be careful to protect yourself from spoilers depending on area and time zone. And of course that gives credence to the Asian persuasion of this card. In the main event, Okami will look to keep the home country on his side against Saint Preux. Yushin has had an interesting run after being jettisoned from the UFC in 2013. He has had some local (to him) fights, as well as a stint in the WSOF where his bid for a title belt came up short against Jon Fitch. But make no mistake Yushin has won his last three fights, and is only 36, so he will be more than ready for Saint Preux. Ovince needs this fight, he is 2-4 in his last 6 fights in the octagan, and with the exception of John Jones, and maybe Texiera, the names he has registered L's against aren't all that impressive. Not to mention the two wins he has in that time span aren't necessarily noteworthy. His last notable win was back in 2014 against Shogun. Both fighters will be motivated, so this should be a great fight for the fans.
The Co-Main event will be a female matchup where we will see Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Andrade. Andrade is a box of blackcats that you decide to just light instead of unravel. She is coming of a loss to current champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Make no mistake, Claudia is up for the challenge, she brings a 14-2 record to the table, and her only two losses? You guessed it Joanna! This should be a great event. Both these girls want another shot at that title belt. This fight should be the main, and probably would be if it was in Vegas.
Another thing to watch on this card is Gokhan Saki. Gokhan is big out there, and if you are a Kickboxing fan, you know who this guy is. Problem is, he hasn't really fought for a couple years, and, well, he is a kickboxer not a mixed martial artists, or at least he wasn't last time we saw him. If Luiz Henrique da Silva decides to stand up for a while and test himself, we may see some huge fireworks in this one!
The rest of the UFC main card is as follows:
- Yushin Okami vs. Ovince Saint Preux
- Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Andrade
- Takanori Gomi vs. Dong Hyun Kim
- Gokhan Saki vs. Luiz Henrique da Silva
- Teruto Ishihara vs. Rolando Dy
- Charles Rosa vs. Mizuto Hirota
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