The excitement surrounding UFC Fight Night 31 was already reaching a fever pitch, but the fact that this is the third Fight for the Troops show makes this one of the most exciting events of the year.
Not only are MMA fans in store for a night of intense action, but they will also witness the UFC giving back to the armed forces and showing their support for the men and women that protect and serve the United States of America.
While the sport of MMA has often been locked down upon because of brutality, Wednesday’s showcase will be for the sole purpose of giving back. There will no denying the kind-hearted nature of this gesture.
Where: Fort Campbell, Kentucky
When: Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET
Watch: FOX Sports 1
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
|UFC Fight Night 31 Card and Predictions|
|Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal||Middleweight||Kennedy via Decision|
|Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis||Women's Bantamweight||Carmouche via Submission|
|Ronny Markes vs. Yoel Romero||Middleweight||Romero via TKO|
|Jorge Masvidal vs. Rustam Khabilov||Lightweight||Masvidal via Decision|
|Colton Smith vs. Michael Chiesa||Lightweight||Chiesa via Decision|
|James Krause vs. Bobby Green||Lightweight||Krause via TKO|
|George Roop vs. Francisco Rivera||Bantamweight||Roop via Decision|
|Dennis Bermudez vs. Steven Siler||Featherweight||Bermudez via Submission|
|Germaine de Randamie vs. Amanda Nunes||Women's Bantamweight||De Randamie via TKO|
|Chris Camozzi vs. Lorenz Larkin||Middleweight||Camozzi via TKO|
|Yves Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros||Lightweight||Edwards via Decision|
|Neil Magny vs. Seth Baczynski||Welterweight||Baczynski via Submission|
|Derek Brunson vs. Brian Houston||Middleweight||Houston via Decision|
Wednesday’s Most Exciting Battles
Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal
The main event of the evening should also feature the best pure in-ring work on the card. With Tim Kennedy squaring off against Rafael Natal in a bitter Middleweight bout, this fight could legitimately go either way.
Kennedy is the stronger puncher and will be looking to get the knockout. As strong as he is, Natal has the ability to take this fight to the ground and dominate on top. Both men will be trying to keep this bout where they have the decisive advantage, and that will result in a fierce battle.
As well versed as Natal is in the Octagon (17-4-1 over his MMA career), he has not faced a fighter as tough as Kennedy. Fans should expect this to be a brutal fight that somehow goes the distance.
Predicted Winner: Kennedy via Decision.
Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
While the main event has stolen most of the headlines, the most exciting bout of the night should be the women’s bantamweight battle between Liz Carmouche and Alexis Davis.
Both women are trying to make a case for a future title shot, and winning on Wednesday in decisive fashion would be the best way to do so. Carmouche and Davis are both solid wrestlers, but expect each woman to be looking for a possible submission finish.
Champion Ronda Rousey has made a living forcing her competition to submit to her wicked armbar, but Wednesday’s battle will feature two of the division’s top stars looking to send a message using her signature move.
Predicted Winner: Carmouche via Submission.