If we can all put aside the shakeup with next weekend's UFC 170 co-main event, we might be able to instead focus on all of the raw potential in Saturday night's UFC Fight Night 36 fight card.
In a bid for a chance at the middleweight championship, perennial fan favorite Lyoto Machida will look to continue his success at a new weight class when he faces off against veteran Gegard Mousasi. With a combined record of 54-7-2, these two men bring the kind of skill and experience needed to deliver an explosive, technical main event.
One step earlier in the evening, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza will look to continue his five-fight win streak against Francis Carmont. Will Jacare's world-class ground game be enough to hand the Canadian his first Octagon defeat?
Let's take a look at the entire fight card scheduled for Saturday night:
|UFC Fight Night 36: Full Fight Card and Start Times|
|Televised Main Card||Fox Sports 1||10:30PM ET / 7:30PM PT|
|Lyoto Machida||vs.||Gegard Mousasi|
|Francis Carmont||vs.||Ronaldo Souza|
|Erick Silva||vs.||Takenori Sato|
|Viscardi Andrade||vs.||Nicholas Musoke|
|Charles Oliveira||vs.||Andy Ogle|
|Online Preliminary Card||UFC Fight Pass||7:30PM ET / 4:30PM PT|
|Cristiano Marcello||vs.||Joe Proctor|
|Rodrigo Damm||vs.||Ivan Jorge|
|Francisco Trinaldo||vs.||Jesse Ronson|
|Iuri Alcantara||vs.||Wilson Reis|
|Felipe Arantes||vs.||Maximo Blanco|
|Ildemar Alcantara||vs.||Albert Tumenov|
|Douglas Silva de Andrade||vs.||Zubaira Tukhugov|
Machida's unorthodox style, Souza's ferocity, Erick Silva's exciting striking, Charles Oliveira's slick submissions—all taking place free on Fox Sports 1, but only after seven straight fights brought to you by UFC Fight Pass.
|UFC Fight Night 36: Main Card Predictions|
|Lyoto Machida||defeats||Gegard Mousasi|
|Ronaldo Souza||defeats||Francis Carmont|
|Erick Silva||defeats||Takenori Sato|
|Viscardi Andrade||defeats||Nicholas Musoke|
|Charles Oliveira||defeats||Andy Ogle|
This free card has both top-tier names and enough ranking significance to get me scooting toward the edge of my seat. How about you?