5 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 50

Dan Hiergesell@DHiergesellFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2014

5 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 50

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    Another free card, another five reasons to watch.

    In effort to keep this frantic mixed martial arts train going, the UFC will put forth yet another reputable main card this Friday on Fox Sports 1.

    From bruising heavyweights to near-top contenders in the middleweight division, UFC Fight Night 50 has what it takes to deliver on all cylinders.

    However, through the nine fights that will reach the masses on Sept. 5, a few divisional prognostics stick out more than the rest.

    Here are those aforementioned reasons to tune it and enjoy some free fights on behalf of Uncle Dana. 

Flyweight Gold

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    As one of the most shallow weight classes known to man, the UFC flyweight crop heap is always in search of a next top contender.

    While John Moraga got his chance to shine and came up short opposite champion Demetrious Johnson back at UFC on Fox 8, top prospect Justin Scoggins hasn't.

    The 22-year-old will have to be on the top of his game in order to get past a hard-nosed gamer like Moraga, but if Scoggins' performances have shown us anything, it's that his raw skill set usually conquers all.

    That won't eliminate a guy like Moraga just like that, though, and that's what makes this such an exciting main card spark. 

Lauzon's Redemption

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    Joe Lauzon hasn't been getting the attention he's deserved for so long because of his climbing divisional age and his inability to knock off surrounding foes.

    "J-Lau" has dropped two of his last three fights—the win a lopsided victory over a well-done Mac Danzig.

    In any case, the man known as Mr. Post-Fight Bonus needs to regroup, reestablish himself within a growing weight class and grapple his way past a hungry up-and-comer in Michael Chiesa.

    Chiesa is the type of fighter to challenge in a fight no matter where it goes, so expect some dicey scrambles, inside scraps and unscripted bloody violence.

    This has Performance of the Night written all over it. 

Heavyweight Hitters

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    Derrick Lewis may be the most underrated knockout specialist in the game today.

    Trained under the tutelage of former world champion boxer George Foreman, the 29-year-old heavyweight brings unmatched technique and ferocity to the cage to match his raw strength.

    That's exactly the type of fighter that fellow divisional bruiser Matt Mitrione loves to battle.

    It's crazy to think that all of Mitrione's professional fights have come in the UFC, but it's even more baffling to know that he's finished six of his seven victories by knockout.

    That's hard to do to the biggest and most vicious fighters in the world.

    Needless to say, Lewis and Mitrione will end in dramatic fashion. 

Overeem's Ascent

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    It's about time.

    Outside of his gut-wrenching victory over a depleted and on-the-way-out Brock Lesnar in his promotional debut, longtime heavyweight phenom Alistair Overeem has done little to impress in the UFC.

    However, his lack of consistency and inability to maintain top-contender relevance will be forgotten if he can finally get it going now.

    While his punishing performance over Frank Mir at UFC 169 is a good starting point, finishing Ben Rothwell this Friday will set his ship right.

    If he can do that, 2015 could finally be the year of "The Reem." 

The Rematch

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    Top middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi is grossly underrated—and for no good reason.

    He came up short opposite Lyoto Machida back in February, but as a former DREAM and Strikeforce champion, you would think Mousasi could separate himself from the pack.

    Outside of Mark Hunt, Renato Sobral and Melvin Manhoef, Mousasi's most impressive victory throughout his 11-year career came against Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza back in 2008, finishing the Brazilian with a first-round upkick.

    That's why their rematch this Friday is going to light the Octagon on fire.

    As two of the more unmentioned contenders in the promotion today, Mousasi and Souza not only have unfinished business to settle between the two of them, but they each have something to prove when it comes to getting a shot at Chris Weidman's title.

    In other words, UFC Fight Night 50 will be a coming-out party for one of these former international journeymen.


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