10 reasons to watch the UFC on Saturday
Kevin Iole recently penned a piece on why it makes sense for the UFC to hold so many shows.
“The dirty little secret here is that the seeming overload of shows the UFC is staging here, there and everywhere was not designed for the hardcore fan base,” argued Iole. “The seeming glut of shows the UFC is staging will serve its purpose if it persuades some who watch infrequently or not at all to become casual fans who may, every now and then, buy a pay-per-view.”
DeadSpin's Tim Marchman disagreed.
“This is a strange argument only because it makes absolutely no sense,” said Marchman. “The only people who could possibly have any interest in a fight card headlined by James Te Huna and Nate Marquardt are UFC ultras, degenerate gamblers, and maybe curious New Zealanders.
I was born in Boston to native born American citizens, so I am not a New Zealander. I don't gamble. So I guess I am an ultra. I hope that doesn't mean I have to take my shirt off and fight with Russians on the regular.
Now Steven Marrocco has come back with ten reasons to watch the UFC this weekend.
1. Featherweight title eliminator: Stephens could get a title shot with win.
2. Get it together time: Marquardt vs. Te Huna loser could get cut.
3. Setup or upset: Kelvin Gastelum should soundly beat Nico Musoke, but if he doesn't…
4. Still in the game: Hatsu Hioki and Charles Oliveira were each once the next big thing at 145 pounds.
5. ‘Mutante’ up to the hype? Dollaway derailed Cezar Ferreira, who looks to win big vs. Andrew Craig.
6. Palelei up for banner year: If heavyweight Soa Palelei beats Jake Rosholt, he will be on a four-fight win streak.
7. Out of the pack: If middleweight Clint Hester beats Antonio Braga Neto, he will be on a four-fight win streak.
8. ‘TUF’ champs in danger: TUF 16 winner Colton Smith and TUF: Smashes winner Robert Whittaker, could be cut with a loss.
9. A debut for PNH sufferer Joe Ellenberger: Twin brother of UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger, lightweight Joe suffers from paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, a rare, life-threatening disease.
10. Highlight-reel artist debuts: Anthony Hamilton
UFC Fight Night 43
Auckland, New Zealand
Main card (UFC Fight Pass at 5 a.m. ET)
James Te Huna (-220) vs. Nate Marquardt (+180)
Jared Rosholt (-150) vs. Soa Palelei (+130)
Charles Oliveira (-190) vs. Hatsu Hioki (+165)
Robert Whittaker (-300) vs. Mike Rhodes (+250)
Prelim Card (UFC Fight Pass at 2:30 a.m. ET)
Jake Matthews (-135) vs. Dashon Johnson (+105)
Richie Vaculik (-160) vs. Roldan Sangcha’an (+130)
Vik Grujic (-125) vs. Chris Indich (-105)
Neil Magny (-280) vs. Rodrigo Goiana de Lima (+220)
Dan Hooker (-120) vs. Ian Entwistle (-110)
Gian Villante (-300) vs. Sean O’Connell (+240)
UFC Fight Night 44
San Antonio, Texas
Main Card (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Cub Swanson (-255) vs. Jeremy Stephens (+215)
Kelvin Gastelum (-380) vs. Nicholas Musoke (+315)
Cezar Ferreira (-190) vs. Andrew Craig (+165)
Ricardo Lamas (-190) vs. Hacran Dias (+165)
Antonio Braga Neto (-150) vs. Clint Hester (+130)
Joe Ellenberger (-210) vs. James Moontasri (+160)
Prelim Card (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Carlos Diego Ferreira (-265) vs. Colton Smith (+185)
Johnny Bedford (-195) vs. Cody Gibson (+155)
Andy Enz (-180) vs. Marcelo Guimaraes (+140)
Ray Borg (-420) vs. Shane Howell (+300)
Prelim Card (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)
Alexey Oleinik (-160) vs. Anthony Hamilton (+120)