5 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 48 and 49

Dan HiergesellFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2014

5 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 48 and 49

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    What more can you ask for than two UFC events on the same day?

    A Ferrari with a bag of cash and Joanna Krupa in the passenger's seat?

    Well, sure, but this isn't Candyland, and you're more likely to find an empty Snickers wrapper in your car than one of the fliest chicks on the planet.

    So for us regular, taxpaying schmoes who live for the big fights, this upcoming weekend should serve as a nice end to this blazing-fast summer.

    Here are five reasons to put those dreams of fast cars and pretty women aside and spend your whole Saturday watching UFC Fight Night 48 (prelims start at 6:30 a.m. ET) and 49 (7:30 p.m.). 

Killa B's Comeback

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    Ben Saunders is back in the UFC?

    You betcha.

    After a lengthy, three-year stint in Bellator, falling flat opposite the likes of Douglas Lima twice during that span, Killa B will make his return to the Octagon this Saturday.

    Hailing from the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter, the now 31-year-old was a wild card during his first promotional go-around.

    From knocking out Marcus Davis to coming up short against Jon Fitch and Mike Swick, Saunders never really lived up to his potential.

    He'll attempt to re-establish himself in the 170-pound division by putting forth a memorable performance opposite Chris Heatherly at UFC Fight Night 49.

Tristar Treasure

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    Not a lot of people are talking about Alex Garcia, and that's a shame.

    As one of Tristar Gym's most promising young athletes, the 27-year-old welterweight is just one or two finishes away from testing the likes of the division's Top 10.

    He's strong, quick and versatile, packing one heck of a punch.

    It may take Garcia some time to round out the rest of his game, but his evolution has begun without a hitch.

    Unfortunately for Neil Magny this Saturday, "The Dominican Nightmare" will be in true form and looking to impress in his third Octagon appearance. 

Welterweight Redemption

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    After doing his best impression of a steel statue opposite Rory MacDonald at UFC 174, welterweight powerhouse Tyron Woodley desperately needs to reclaim his divisional footing.

    Since that unimpressive performance, The Chosen One has looked more like The Outcast, seeing his title chances plummet on the heels of a one-sided collapse.

    That said, Woodley is still talented enough and well-rounded to make an impact from here on out, and it all starts against Dong Hyun Kim in Macau.

    While Kim is arguably the most overrated contender in the weight class, he's not MacDonald. Woodley should be able to muscle the 32-year-old around, rely on his wrestling and grind out a much-needed victory.

    Of course, with spinning back elbows in his holster, Stun Gun is certainly capable of pulling off the upset. 

Toothpick 2.0

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    Something about Benson Henderson these days should strike fear into the heart of any fighter he encounters.

    Not that it was absent when he ran the 155-pound schoolyard, but without a title to call his own, Smooth seems like he'll do absolutely anything to get his chance to recapture the belt.

    That means bad news for any lightweight standing in his way.

    Rafael dos Anjos just so happens to be Henderson's next victim in this long line of borderline contenders in need of a beatdown.

    The Brazilian is talented, no doubt about it, but the former champ is too darn good to give up this main event showdown in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

The Return of Cung Le

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    If Cung Le had made his UFC debut five years earlier, chances are he would have already fought for a title.

    He's that good.

    However, with age holding onto him like quicksand without a prom date, along with his big-picture prowess, Le has been left to fight when it suits him best.

    Unfortunately for fight fans worldwide, the kickboxing wizard hasn't competed inside of the Octagon since his vicious knockout of Rich Franklin back in 2012.

    That's why a return to the cage this weekend opposite a very game and unusually humble Michael Bisping will be sure to deliver.

    The chances of Le pursuing a title run if he happens to finish The Count is highly unlikely, but a boy can dream.

     

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