UFC Fight Night, Marquardt Vs. Palhares: Five Reasons To Be Excited
This coming Wednesday, September 15th will see yet another great night of fights from the UFC that will air free on SPIKE.
A change to the original card will see the night headlined by a top Middleweight clash between Nate Marquardt and Rousimar Palhares. Both of these contenders will be looking to make a statement and remain within title contention at 185lbs.
Other top fights on the card are Efrain Escudero vs Charles Oliveira, Jim Miller vs Gleison Tibau and Ross Pearson vs Cole Miller.
The preliminary fights on the night will feature top names such as Yves Edwards, Tomasz Drwal and Jared Hamman.
On paper the next Fight Night should be a solid night of MMA action, but just in case you are not yet excited here are five reasons why you should be getting pumped for the latest offering from the UFC.
The Return Of "The Great"
The upcoming Fight Night will finally see the return of Nate "The Great" Marquardt to the Octagon.
The perennial top contender in the Middleweight Division has not fought since his one sided loss to Chael Sonnen at UFC 109.
Before that fight many viewed Marquardt as the guy to finally challenge Anderson Silva and as the No.2 fighter in the division.
Marquardt has gone 4-2 since losing to Anderson Silva back at UFC 73 and has looked vastly improved with impressive wins over Demian Maia, Wilson Gouveia and Martin Kampmann.
Win or lose, Marquardt is more often then not involved in an entertaining fight and how can any fight fan pass up the opportunity to see one of the top five Middleweights in the world for free.
Time To Find Out If Ross Pearson Is "The Real Deal"
The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 winner, Pearson has been impressive since entering the UFC.
Pearson has put together a four fight win streak with wins over Andre Winner, Dennis Siver, Aaron Riley and Ian Jones. The more impressive thing though is the marked improvement he has shown in each fight since he joined the UFC.
Pearson has superb stand up skills and is constantly working to improve his ground game. Evidence of this is the recent time he has spent with Ricardo Almeida and at current Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar's camp.
With a clear natural ability and with age on his side at only 25, the sky is the limit for Pearson.
A win over Cole Miller and Pearson will begin to enter the upper echelon's of the stacked division.
As an Englishmen I have high hopes for Pearson, I truly believe his is the brightest prospect to emerge from the UK.
A Feast Of Lightweight's
A closer analysis of Wednesday nights card reveals that four of the fights will feature the Lightest weight class in the UFC.
Ross Pearson vs Cole Miller, Jim Miller vs Gleison Tibau, Efrain Escudero vs Charles Oliveira and Yves Edwards vs John Gunderson
The 155lbs fighters may be the smallest in the organization but they usually always bring the biggest action to any event.
With a free night of MMA action on SPIKE the UFC is almost ensuring that the fights will be entertaining by stacking the card with so many Lightweights.
With top names like Miller and Pearson, to rising prospects like Ecudero and Oliveira here is to hoping that the little fella's bring on the action!
Rousimar Palhares: Will The Leglock Wizard Make a Statement?
Rousimar Palhares is an absolute beast at 185lbs.
The Brazilain is as stacked as they come and the Jui-Jitsu expert has proved adept at sinking in submissions inside the octagon.
Palhares is 4-1 in the UFC with his only loss being a tough decision to Dan Henderson. With wins over Jeremy Horn, Tomasz Drwal, Lucio Linhares and Ivan Salaverry his record is impressive to say the least.
Coming under criticism for holding onto a leg submission on Drwal for too long, Palhares will be looking to clear his character and confirm his name amongst the top tier fighters in the division.
A win over Marquardt would easily be the biggest of his career and would elevate Palhares very close to a title shot.
Will the submission make a statement on September 15th?
The Unheralded Contender, Jim Miller
Jim Miller is 6-1 in the UFC.
His only loss is to Gray Maynard which is no bad thing and he is currently riding a four fight win streak.
The only thing missing from his resume is a big name win but the there is no doubting that Miller is well on his way to being a top contender.
His opponent at the next Fight Night will be Gleison Tibau who would likely be his biggest career win in terms of name value.
I am a big fan of Miller and really think that he has the tools to reach the top. A win over Tibau and it is reasonable to suggest that Miller could be as little as two wins away from a title shot.