No. 2-Ranked Joseph Benavidez vs. No. 8-Ranked Tim Elliott
At UFC 172, Joseph Benavidez takes on Tim Elliott. This fight has a lot of significance in the flyweight division; however, this is due to the weight class being thin. The UFC has only 30 flyweights on its roster—the least of all men's divisions.
Therefore, this fight looks more competitive on paper then it really is. Benavidez is better than Elliott in every facet of fighting. The only hope for Elliott is to take his opponent down and grind out a win from top position. This is not very likely because Benavidez's strength and athleticism make it hard to take him down and hold him there.
If someone were just looking at the records or ranking of each fighter, it would seem like a close and competitive fight, but in reality, it's neither. Look for Benavidez to dominate from the opening bell and bounce back from his TKO loss to UFC champion Demetrious Johnson.
Overall this fight is not competitive enough to be on the list of top fights in April.
No. 3-Ranked Miesha Tate vs. No. 7-Ranked Liz Carmouche
Miesha Tate takes on Liz Carmouche at Fox UFC Saturday. The only reason Carmouche and Tate are ranked so high is because of how shallow the women's bantamweight division is (mostly based on how new it is to the UFC).
Carmouche has lost two of her last three fights, while Tate has lost three out of four. Women's bantamweight is the only division where fighters with recent records like that are ranked as highly as they are.
This fight should not be very competitive, either. Tate seems to have the advantage standing and on the ground. Carmouche shouldn't give much resistance in either aspect. Tate is developing a good grappling game (despite getting dominated by Rousey), and Carmouche hasn't improved in any of her recent fights. Tate should be able to take this fight to the ground and dominate her opponent on the mat en route to a submission win.
While this fight could be exciting and have a major impact on the division, it isn't competitive enough to warrant a place on the list.
No. 9-Ranked Clay Guida vs. No. 12-Ranked Tatsuya Kawajiri
In an exciting and competitive featherweight bout, Clay Guida takes on Tatsuya Kawajiri at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi. As stated in the video above, both fighters are competent wrestlers. While the power advantage goes to Kawajiri, the speed and cardio advantages go to Guida. He has been to known to be a part of many thrilling fights.
However, he had a lackluster and slow performance against Gray Maynard, which led many fans to turn on "The Carpenter."
Kawajiri always comes to fight and is an aggressive battler in his own respect. It all depends on which Guida will come to fight—the aggressive one or the passive one. Because of this variable, it is hard to put this fight onto the list.
Also, this fight doesn't have much of an impact on the featherweight division. Guida doesn't look like he will be challenging for a title anytime soon, and Kawajiri is getting old at 35 years of age. While he could challenge for a title because of his name value in Asia, his age is a big concern, and a win over Guida shouldn't put him in line for a title fight.
This was a big reason why it was just outside of the top fights in April.