It is no secret that the last two UFC events have been relatively paltry when it comes to action. In fact, every single bout in the last two preliminary cards have gone to a decision. With UFC 170 right around the corner, it may be difficult for you to get excited about the prelims. I am here to tell you that this weekend’s prelims will buck the trend and deliver exciting action. Today, I will breakdown the FOX Sports 1 prelims and tell you the good, the bad, and the GIF’s for each bout.
Zach Makovsky vs Josh Sampo
The Good: At this point, who does not love a Flyweight fight? The Flyweights always put on exciting shows, and this should be no different. Makovsky, the former Bellator Bantamweight champion and the former RFA Flyweight champion, looked incredibly impressive in his UFC debut over Scott Jorgensen on short notice. He will look to keep on the winning track against Josh Sampo. Sampo is a CFA product, and is coming off his UFC debut victory in which he defeated Ryan Benoit by submission. This fight also has title implications with the sparse contenders in the Flyweight division.
The Bad: There is nothing bad about this fight, it should be a barnburner.
Cody Gibson vs. Aljamain Sterling
The Good: Aljamain Sterling is one of the brightest prospects the UFC has picked up in some time. Sterling is an 8-0 Bantamweight who trains at Serra-Longo Fight Team with UFC Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman. Sterling has 5 finishes in his 8 victories. Cody Gibson is 11-3 with 7 finishes to his credit. This fight is a prospect vs prospect battle and could potentially be the beginning of a championship run for either man.
The Bad: Debuts in the UFC are always a double edged sword. Sometimes the fighter you expect to see is only a shell of himself due to Octagon jitters. We will find out on Saturday night if both men are ready to perform on the big stage.
No GIF’s for this bout! Will have the GIF’s of their bout on Saturday night.
Raphael Assuncao vs Pedro Munhoz
The Good: When Francisco Rivera had to pull out of this fight, it looked like the UFC would be forced to pull Assuncao off the card. Instead, the UFC signed yet another former RFA champion, undefeated 10-0 Pedro Munhoz, to step up on short notice. This fight has title implications for Assuncao, while Munhoz is a talented prospect looking to spoil the party.
The Bad: Nothing about this fight should be bad. Both men are exciting fighters, and should deliver on Saturday night.
Jessica Eye vs Alexis Davis
The Good: Eye has been in the media for all the wrong reasons this past month regarding her failed drug test back at UFC 166. At the end of the day, however, Eye is a legit contender at Bantamweight and is certainly a can’t miss fighter. That being said, her opponent, Alexis Davis, is right on the doorstep of a title shot. This bout is pivotal in the Women’s Bantamweight division, and could produce the #1 contender.
The Bad: Hopefully Eye’s media frenzy coupled with her father’s illness will not hinder her performance on Saturday night. Otherwise, this is a great fight.