5 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 47

Mike WellmanContributor IIIAugust 11, 2014

5 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 47

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    The Octagon touches down for the first time in the state of Maine on Saturday for UFC Fight Night 47 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

    In the night’s main event, surging light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux looks to remain undefeated in the UFC when he takes on The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner Ryan Bader. The event also features a lightweight clash between Ross Pearson and Gray Maynard, as well as the UFC debuts of the MFC middleweight champion Sam Alvey and the Invicta FC bantamweight champion Lauren Murphy.

    Here are five reasons why you should check out UFC Fight Night 47.

No. 5: The UFC Debut of 'Smile'N' Sam Alvey

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    On the Fox Sports 2 prelim portion of the card, Tom “Kong” Watson will welcome Sam Alvey to the UFC middleweight division. Alvey has been in front of UFC cameras in the past, when he was Shane Carwin’s No. 1 pick on the 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

    He lost on the show, but he’s won four of his five fights since then. He won the Maximum Fighting Championship middleweight title with a fifth-round TKO over Jason South back in October, and he defended it with a fourth-round KO of Wes Swofford in May.

    Watson has his back against the wall in this fight. His UFC record of 1-3 will undoubtedly be on his mind when he takes on Alvey, and the Jackson-Winkeljohn fighter needs an emphatic victory on Saturday.

    Both men have knockout power, and both have their own motivation to make a statement. What’s not to like about this fight?

No. 4: Invicta FC Meets UFC

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    Another fighter making a UFC debut at Fight Night 47 is Lauren Murphy. She takes on Sara McMann in McMann’s first fight back since losing to Ronda Rousey at UFC 170 in February.

    Murphy is undefeated at 8-0, and in her last fight, she won the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight title via a fourth-round TKO over Miriam Nakamoto after Nakamoto suffered a knee injury.

    McMann will be coming into this fight looking to erase the memory of her quick title-fight loss, get back on track to a rematch with Ronda Rousey and avoid her second professional loss. Murphy looks to remain undefeated, and this fight should be an entertaining contest between two of the most skilled grapplers in the women’s bantamweight division.

No. 3: A 'Fun Size' Title Run

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    Though he’s still on the prelim portion of the card, Zach Makovsky is inching closer to a flyweight title shot with each appearance inside the Octagon. At Fight Night 47, he faces Jussier “Formiga” da Silva and will be looking for his fifth straight victory.

    Formiga has gone 2-2 in his UFC run, but he has faced the best the flyweight division has to offer, with wins over Chris Cariaso and Scott Jorgensen and losses coming at the hands of John Dodson and Joseph Benavidez.

    After Formiga’s impressive first-round submission victory over Jorgensen in March, he’ll be looking to continue building momentum, and a win over the fast-rising Machovsky would elevate him into the top five.

No. 2: Hard-Hitting Lightweights

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    Despite their records as of late, Ross Pearson vs. Gray Maynard should be an entertaining fight. Maynard has won only one of his last five fights since his UFC 125 draw with Frankie Edgar in January of 2011, and he is coming off two straight first-round TKO losses.

    Pearson is coming off the robbery of the century in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a few months ago, where Diego Sanchez won a decision over him in a fight where Pearson dominated Sanchez throughout.

    Both men want to put their woes behind them, and Maynard’s headhunting style pairs well with Pearson’s diverse and powerful striking. This should be an entertaining stand-up battle for the fans in Maine and on Fox Sports 1.

No. 1: The Rise of OSP

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    Ovince Saint Preux’s ascension has been a quiet one, but after his first UFC main event, he may finally get the notoriety he’s earned. He has defeated his last five opponents and is undefeated in his four UFC fights.

    His last two victories have been particularly dominant. A Von Flue choke put Nikita Krylov to sleep at UFC 171, and upon hearing Ryan Jimmo utter “My arm is broken” in their bout at UFC 174, Saint Preux yanked it back in a chicken wing to bring about the end of the fight.

    Bader is a durable light heavyweight, but his wrestling and power will only take him so far. He needs to improve his submission grappling, striking technique and overall finishing instinct if he wants to get back to the top of the 205-pound division.

    The winner of this fight should find himself in the mix with the top of the heap in the UFC light heavyweight division and one step closer to a shot at the champ.