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UFC on May 31: 5 Reasons to Watch

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2014

UFC on May 31: 5 Reasons to Watch

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    Get ready, UFC fans. Saturday represents another two-card weekend for the biggest MMA promotion in the world.

    For American fans, the late morning/early afternoon brings us UFC Fight Night 41 from Germany. That card is headlined by middleweights Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi.

    The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 finale will then take place at night—a card headlined by heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic and normal light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado, who takes the bout on late notice.

    Need five reasons to watch the fights this weekend? Let's take a look at why you should catch the action on May 31. 

Two Cards in One Day

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    If you're like me, you can never get enough MMA.

    This weekend, you have two events on Saturday to keep you occupied.

    Wake up Saturday morning, flip some flapjacks, sip on some coffee and log into Fight Pass. You will be treated to 10 solid fights.

    After that, go through with what you need to do for the day. When you finish, jump back to the UFC in the early evening on Fox Sports 1, where you can catch some more good fights.

    You cannot say there's nothing to do on Saturday with this kind of entertainment. 

Important Middleweight Implications

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    The UFC fight card in Germany has a main event and co-main event that feature top middleweights.

    The main event sees Mark Munoz go up against Gegard Mousasi. Neither man is going to be earning a title shot in his next couple of fights, but the winner can at least get into the picture.

    The co-main event sees a similar situation with Francis Carmont vs. CB Dollaway. Dollaway is definitely a dark horse, while Carmont is trying to get back into the title picture after falling in his last outing.

    Either way, the middleweight division is in for a big shakeup. 

Top Prospects in Action

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    Both cards on Saturday feature a number of prospects that you should keep your eye on.

    A great example is the middleweight scrap between Luke Barnatt and Sean Strickland in Germany. Both men are considered key, young talents at 185 pounds, who could be the future of the division.

    Then there is Alexander Yakovlev, who is making his anticipated debut against Demian Maia. The newcomer is really being thrown into the deep end, but that just shows how highly regarded he is.

    Other prospects to keep an eye on are Pedro Munhoz, Kevin Souza and Niklas Backstrom. If you are keen on watching the up-and-coming talent of this sport, these two cards should wet your beak. 

TUF Brazil Finals

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    Whether you watched TUF Brazil 3 or not, you should definitely check out the finals. The two bouts feature some very interesting talent.

    The first tournament finals fight is between Warlley Alves and Marcio Alexandre. Alves beat some of the tougher talent to reach the finals, while Alexandre showed some great striking and development in his bouts.

    The other finals contest takes place between young talent Antonio Carlos Jr. and Vitor Miranda. Both guys dominated their sides of the bracket, running roughshod all the way to this fight.

    The second season of TUF Brazil did not exactly provide the UFC with talent aplenty. This class of fighters may have a few keepers worth watching. 

Free TV (and Subscription)

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    People always complain about the number of cards the UFC has been putting on and the strength of those cards.

    How can they complain when it's free?

    That's especially the case with the Brazil card. If you have Fox Sports 1, you get access to that card for free. All you need is cable and a TV.

    As for the Germany card, you will need Fight Pass. Many hardcore fans will already have the digital network. If you're a fan who likes historical stuff, documentaries and other exclusive content, Fight Pass is a no-brainer. 

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