5 Reasons to Watch UFC on Fox 12

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2014

5 Reasons to Watch UFC on Fox 12

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    The UFC is coming off an immensely successful week, as UFC Fight Night 45 and 46 were able to capture fans' attention and deliver great fights. However, we must now look forward to the upcoming weekend.

    UFC on Fox 12 is set to take place Saturday night in San Jose, California. The card is to be headlined by a welterweight showdown between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown, with the winner earning a title shot at Johny Hendricks.

    There are a number of reasons why you shouldn't miss this event. It should be self-explanatory.

    However, if you really need some motivation to watch this awesome card, here are five reasons to tune into UFC on Fox 12.

Fireworks in the Main Event

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    A lot of people think that Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown could be the fight of the year. I don't think it will be that, but it may have the round of the year.

    Lawler and Brown aren't point fighters. Both men throw massive strikes with the intention of putting their opponents down for good.

    Both men can take punishment too. That's why the rock-'em sock-'em robot-like fight will create great fireworks, which will allow those who tune into Fox to see something special.

    Perhaps what Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar did to help generate interest in the sport could have a second coming in this fight. The stage is bigger, and more people could pick up on what could be an amazing main event.

Rumble on the Rise

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    Things are looking up for Anthony Johnson lately. After earning his spot back with the UFC on the heels of a great run with World Series of Fighting, Johnson won his first fight back against perennial top-10 light heavyweight Phil Davis.

    It was a performance that really stood out and showed that Johnson is a force to be reckoned with. He showed vastly improved takedown defense against the power wrestler as well as continued evolution of his already impressive striking.

    In a division looking for new contenders, Johnson could take the fast track to top contender status with another impressive performance. He would still be behind Daniel Cormier, but it's a position that would be highly favorable considering Jon Jones has cleared out most of the division already.

    Plus, you can already tell he's important since he's in a co-main event slot. That's impressive for a guy who was outside the UFC two fights ago.

The Carpenter Reborn?

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    It's hard to believe this, but Clay Guida may have been on the chopping block his last fight. He had a lost a couple and had gone away from his normal exciting fight style.

    His win over Tatsuya Kawajiri changed everything.

    Not only was Guida dominant in that fight, but he was exciting. He beat a guy that is highly respected in the MMA community for his high-level skills and ability to make opponents look off.

    Guida is now back. Not only that, but he has a main card spot on the Fox portion of the card against a game Dennis Bermudez. It's a fight that will likely be a barnburner and continue the resurgence of Guida, who is now gunning toward the title picture.

Lightweight Prelim Showcase

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    If there are two dark horses at lightweight right now, Jorge Masvidal and Daron Cruickshank might be the top candidates. Interestingly enough, those two will be fighting each other in the showcase prelim on Fox.

    Other than a hiccup to Rustam Khabilov, Masvidal has been dominant in his UFC tenure. He choked out Michael Chiesa while taking decisions over Tim Means and Pat Healy. The Healy decision in particular was impressive, as he dominated and outclassed the wrestler.

    As for Cruickshank, he has looked very impressive in his last two wins. After wheel-kicking Mike Rio into oblivion, he smashed through former title contender Erik Koch with another impressive kicking display.

    These two styles will mesh well against each other. That makes this the must-see bout on the prelims.

8 Fights on Fox

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    An unprecedented eight fights are set to take place on Fox. That means the network will have four hours of MMA programming, something we have yet to see in the UFC-Fox relationship (the mainstream Fox channel, that is).

    In addition to the awesome main card, featuring guys like Robbie Lawler, Anthony Johnson, Clay Guida, Josh Thomson and others, four of the eight prelims will also air on Fox. It allows some of the lesser-known talent to gain some more exposure and spread their talent to a wider audience.

    If you have a TV and some sort of visible picture, you can watch the Fox fights. That might be the biggest reason to watch come Saturday.