UFC Fight Night 32: 5 Reasons to Watch

Dan Hiergesell@DHiergesellFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2013

UFC Fight Night 32: 5 Reasons to Watch

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    After a great set of fights for the troops last night in Kentucky, the UFC universe is geared up for another free card this weekend.

    Centered around the long-awaited rematch between legendary fighters Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort, UFC Fight Night 32 in Brazil has all the fixings for a great night of action.

    From the preliminary bouts to the six-fight main card, the collection of contests are guaranteed to satisfy all Octagon appetites.

    Here are five bona fide reasons to tune in this Saturday and catch some of the best bouts of November. 

5. Thatch's Momentum

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    Fighters rarely demonstrate top-level striking, unaltered poise and the eye for victory in their UFC debut.

    Fortunately for the future of the welterweight division, Brandon Thatch did just that when he ended Justin Edwards in first-round fashion back in August.

    If he can once again out-strike a formidable welterweight force like Paulo Thiago this Saturday, "Rukus" should end 2013 just outside of the division's Top 10.

    The future is promising for one of the more complete and versatile young guns in the UFC. 

4. The Featherweights

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    Featherweights are always entertaining. Their high-motor, versatile skill sets and hard-nosed mentalities often result in unprecedented Octagon action.

    However, when former lightweight standout Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens and TUF Brazil winner Rony Jason meet this weekend, the action should be extra explosive.

    As one of the best game strikers in the division, Stephens is always in the mix to produce a Fight of the Night performance.

    Add in top-notch grappler Jason, who seems to evolve by the round, and you have a featherweight bout that can simply steal the show. 

3. Feijao's Redemption

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    Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante's UFC debut was anything but impressive.

    He was unable to withstand the raw power of Thiago Silva, as many fighters fail to do, and was ultimately finished late in the first round by knockout.

    Despite that performance—one that failed to showcase the veteran's true potential in the light heavyweight division—Cavalcante is still one of the most dangerous strikers in the sport.

    When he steps inside the Octagon this weekend opposite the hard-headed Igor Pokrajac, the former Strikeforce standout will be aiming to impress.

    Look for the Brazilian to utilize his potent offensive prowess early and often. 

2. Brazil's Top Prospects

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    Brazil is one of the most evolved and accomplished fight scenes in MMA today. 

    From devastating strikers to sensational submission artists, the pallet of talent often withstands all tests.

    With that said, Saturday will offer Brazilian fans a chance to witness two of their more promising prospects battle one another inside the Octagon.

    On one hand, you have Daniel Sarafian, a submission guru who utilizes innate strength and a low center of gravity to make fighters pay.

    On the other hand, you have Cezar Ferreira, a 28-year-old Master in Capoeira who possesses the physical capabilities and demeanor of a young Vitor Belfort.

    Look for these two guys to go for broke early and give some of the best performances of their careers. 

1. The Rematch

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    The fact that a Dan Henderson vs. Vitor Belfort rematch is being aired on live television for free is a good enough reason to watch this entire Brazilian card from top to bottom.

    Just in case you needed more convincing, here you go.

    As two of the most accomplished and feared strikers in MMA history, Henderson and Belfort deliver something other fighters simply can't.

    Whether it's their power, timing, persistence or will to overcome adversity, these two legends are always one punch away from sparking an atomic explosion.

    While their first battle as Pride light heavyweights back in 2006 didn't end in this fashion, it means nothing coming into Saturday.

    The fact remains that Belfort is truly a phenom hellbent on another title shot, while "Hendo" is aiming to utilize ungodly power to get back into the win column.

    Father Time is starting to prevent these type of historic showdowns, so try not to miss it.


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