UFC on Fuel 6: Power Ranking Every Fight on the Card
The UFC makes history when they invade China this weekend, and Joe Silva has put together an exciting card with notables and prospects alike.
Headlining will be middleweight legends Rich Franklin and Cung Le. Both men have been champions in their day and have been revered throughout the fight community for some time.
Let's now power rank all of the fights on the card in China.
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Jeff Hougland
Recently promoted to the main card, a bantamweight encounter between Takeya Mizugaki and Jeff Hougland is not a fight I am eager to see.
Hougland has proven to be a one-dimensional submission wrestler that couldn't handle himself against striker Yves Jabouin. If he couldn't get Jabouin to the ground, what makes you think he will get Mizugaki down?
Mizugaki has a similar striking set as Jabouin, without all the flash. He has better takedown defense and grappling than Jabouin, so this makes it a more difficult fight for Hougland.
David Mitchell vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
Leading off the entire card on the night is a welterweight scrap between David Mitchell and Hyun Gyu Lim. It will be Lim's debut with the UFC.
I have heard good things about Lim, so it will be interesting to see how he does. He is well-rounded, but his striking has been his main weapon.
Mitchell is a grappler, but is 0-2 in the UFC. He will need a win here or his UFC career will be cut off overseas.
Tiequan Zhang vs. Jon Tuck
This fight possesses the only Chinese fighter on the card, so it will be interesting to see the crowd reaction to Tiequan Zhang.
He will fight Ultimate Fighter veteran Jon Tuck, who looked good in his one-round fight on the show. He broke his toe in the fight and still fought until the end, so you know he is tough.
Zhang is still employed because the UFC needs a face from China on the roster, but a loss here may spell the end for him.
Alex Caceres vs. Motonobu Tezuka
A fight that just materialized due to injury, Alex Caceres and Motonobu Tezuka has a discreet excitement about it that could make for a great fight.
Caceres is a flashy striker, but has proven to possess a good ground game as well. Tezuka is known for his submission game, but this will be his first time fighting in the major leagues.
If the fight hits the ground, it could be fun. If the fight stays up, it will also be fun. You can't go wrong here.
Riki Fukuda vs. Tom DeBlass
Now that Tom DeBlass is at his natural weight class of 185, it will be interesting to see how he fares, especially against a tough middleweight like Riki Fukuda.
DeBlass possesses the knowledgable ground game that can test Fukuda, should the Japanese fighter go to the mat with him.
It will be an interesting chess match between the two, and even though this fight flies under the radar, hardcore fans will appreciate it.
Mac Danzig vs. Takanori Gomi
In the lightweight division, an intriguing bout between Mac Danzig and Takanori Gomi is set to go down.
Both men have wrestling, but both men like to box. Gomi has all sorts of power that deters many from exchanging with him, but Danzig likes a good challenge.
I have a feeling this fight will have a lot of exchanges on the feet and some grappling. I would be surprised if somebody didn't get rocked in this fight.
Thiago Silva vs. Stanislav Nedkov
The fight between Thiago Silva and Stanislav Nedkov could be in the running for fight of the night, but it still comes in at No. 4. This is simply because of the implications the fight could lead to afterwards in relation to the top-three fights.
Both guys are brawlers with big-time power. Both are also jiu-jitsu black belts with a submission game and brutal ground striking.
A matchup like this usually leads to one thing; a finish.
John Lineker vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani
The only flyweight bout on the card features two guys who could catapult themselves into the top of the division with a win, when John Lineker fights Yasuhiro Urushitani.
Both guys like to strike, so this is a matchup that will entice fans. Lineker has big power, while Urushitani is more methodical and technical.
If you are a fan of striking battles, this will be right up your alley.
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Paulo Thiago
The fight between Paulo Thiago and Dong Hyun Kim is a high stakes bout in the welterweight division that could push one guy towards the top and the other back to the middle.
Thiago and Kim are both judo black belts. Both have developed their striking nicely.
Therefore, this will be a chess match that will be high intensity. The winner will receive a reward in the form of a top-welterweight opponent in their next fight.
Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le
The main attraction earns the top spot on the power ranking. It is the first ever main event in China and features two highly-regarded veterans of the sport.
Cung Le is among the flashiest strikers in the sport. Rich Franklin is also a technical and powerful striker.
Le has a background in wrestling, while Franklin has a solid submission grappling game.
There is no way this fight is going to be bad. So, sit back and enjoy this potential fight of the night.