5 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 51

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2014

5 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 51

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    The UFC returns to Brazil this weekend with UFC Fight Night 51. Headlined by heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Antonio Silva, the card is loaded with Brazilian talent and up-and-comers throughout the world of MMA.

    Despite the big heavyweight attraction, the card really lacks much depth. Sure, it's a Fight Pass exclusive, but most fans need more incentive to spend their Saturday night watching such events.

    Do you need five reasons to catch all the action?

    It wasn't easy, but here's why you should give the card a gander. 

Heavyweight Collision

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    The main event features a rematch from Strikeforce and should be an interesting one.

    Antonio Silva looks to make it 2-0 against former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski, who looks to go 2-0 since returning to the company.

    With how shallow the heavyweight division is in terms of challengers to the throne of Cain Velasquez, every fight is a big bout.

    This is no different, especially for Arlovski, who has the marketability and name recognition required for a title challenger with a couple of wins.

    If this fight is on the feet, don't expect it to go five rounds. Both men throw fire and will be looking to decapitate one another. 

Battle of TUF Winners

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    Despite your feelings on the staleness of The Ultimate Fighter, when two former champions of the show square off, it draws interest.

    That's exactly what you will get on the main card in the form of Leonardo Santos vs. Efrain Escudero.

    Despite winning their respective seasons of the show, both men have failed to gain a solid foothold in the UFC. Santos has had far fewer chances than Escudero, and he has yet to show real promise.

    That said, these two men are hungry. They are eager to remind fans why they won the reality show and why they deserve more recognition at 155 pounds. 

The Debut of a Blue-Chipper

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    Larissa Pacheco is special. That is no understatement. She is very, very special.

    Not even 21 years of age, the youngster has created a huge buzz in her native Brazil by not only going undefeated, but finishing opponents at a high rate.

    She is not only a vicious striker, but a devastating submission grappler too.

    All of these things finally earned her a call from the UFC, albeit on late notice, to fight Jessica Andrade. It's a fight that can really launch her UFC career and make or break her blue-chip prospect label.

    Don't blink when the ladies enter the cage Saturday night. 

The Dark Horse at 135

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    Iuri Alcantara is the Rodney Dangerfield of the bantamweight division. He simply gets no respect—or at least not the respect he probably deserves.

    Alcantara is a top-10 fighter who finishes guys in the cage. He is tough as nails and extremely skilled, yet he is never brought up in discussions in terms of the title picture or top competitors.

    Now on a main card with a bantamweight whose stock is on the rise in Russell Doane, he has a chance to make an impression on the minds of the critics and bosses.

    Time to prove he belongs in the upper echelon. 

Get Your $9.99 Worth of MMA!

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    You pay $9.99 a month to use UFC Fight Pass. Why not get your money's worth on Saturday night by checking out the fights?

    You probably used Fight Pass last weekend to watch Invicta 8, which was awesome. However, their main event problems with the stream has me wanting more out of the digital service.

    That's why you need to watch the fights come Saturday. It's always a great pregame for the nightlife partygoer and something to watch for the person who stays in at night.