UFC Fight Night 30: 5 Reasons to Watch

Dan Hiergesell@DHiergesellFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2013

UFC Fight Night 30: 5 Reasons to Watch

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    Following an event like UFC 166 is like lighting off a bottle rocket right after nine pounds of M-80 explosives just deafened the block.

    But as improbable and unlikely as it is to match the intensity and raw carnage displayed in Houston, Texas no more than a few days ago, UFC Fight Night 30 this Saturday has all the ingredients to deliver the goods.

    You'll just have to put Diego Sanchez's eyebrow disaster behind you, pull up a chair and enjoy the show.

    Here are five reasons why this weekend will be yet another successful showing for Dana White and UFC brass.

5. The Ladies

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    Now is the time to jump on the women's bandwagon before every UFC fan around the world says, "See, I told you girls could fight."

    After numerous barnyard brawls and barbaric bloodshed, the combatant female persuasion that we heard so much about has finally reached the big stage.

    This Saturday will allow fans to witness yet another battle of attrition between two accomplished women as wily veteran Rosi Sexton takes on youthful submission expert Jessica Andrade.

    What makes this fight even more fascinating and promising than the other handful of divisional wars seen this year is the fact that both fighters are coming off defeats in their UFC debut.

    That makes for a deadly combination of guts and glory as two promising figures in the weight class presumably duke it out to save their job.


4. Iaquinta's Quick Turnaround

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    Fighting two times in a matter of two months is something rarely seen in today's MMA.

    Guys just don't possess the elite combination of conditioning, rejuvenation and skill to pull off the defying feat.

    However, if anyone was to do it, it'd be an Ultimate Fighter, right?

    For Al Iaquinta to step up and compete no more than eight weeks removed from his impressive victory over Ryan Couture at UFC 164 is downright admirable.

    Not to mention the bout is taking place overseas.

    Pay close attention to Iaquinta, because two victories in such a short period of time could seriously pad his chances for an eventual title run late next year.

3. Manuwa's Evolution

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    As one of the more shallow and drastically aging weight classes in the UFC, the light heavyweight division should salivate at the very thought of Jimi Manuwa's future potential.

    Despite only competing twice inside the Octagon, both victories, Manuwa is already regarded as one of the hardest hitting sluggers around.

    He's tough, technical, utilizes devastating body shots in the clinch and currently sports an undefeated record of 13-0 when fighting in England.

    It's a perfect recipe for "Poster Boy" to finally turn some heads, finish the formidable Ryan Jimmo and spark his ascend just outside of the division's Top 10.

2. Lightweight Power

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    Sometimes big things really do come in small packages.  Just ask England's own Ross Pearson and three-time Knockout of the Night winner Melvin Guillard.

    Both men have displayed the ability to stop any fight with one punishing blow en route to becoming two of the most feared punchers in the lightweight division.

    Fortunately for UFC fans around the world, Joe Silva's genius reared it's beautiful head once again as Pearson and Guillard will let leather fly this Saturday.

    It's a knockout waiting to happen and a matchup that could easily win Fight of the Night honors if both veterans bring an ironclad chin to the cage.

1. Machida's Middleweight Debut

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    Even if you have a hot date with Sofia Vergara or free seats to Tennessee vs. Alabama, Lyoto Machida's middleweight debut is enough to force any fan to tune in to see UFC FN 30 Saturday.

    The bottom line is that Machida is one of the best technical strikers the promotion has ever seen.  His elusive movements, confusing footwork and flurry-driven punches have reeked havoc atop the light heavyweight division for years.

    So even though his finishing prowess has slightly dipped over his last few fights, seeing a competitor of his caliber test the waters in another weight class is so rare that you can't help but get excited.

    Now whether he's able to defend Mark Munoz's elite wrestling has yet to be seen, but "The Dragon" always seems to have a trick or two up his sleeve for opponents who are meant to take him down.

    Don't be a fool and miss this fight.  A win for either guy spells immediate consideration for a title shot once Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva II plays out in December.

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