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

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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)

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lookoutawhale site profile image  

7/4/14 2:07 PM by lookoutawhale

^ yeah I hear ya. A win will still keep the fighters employed. They can only fire you from a loss in their contracts. So there is a point to it when it comes down to it. When i see 2 no name guys ranked in the 20's fight each other in an undercard and someone wins, im not sure what this really means since guys outside #15 are unranked. I know the guy that lost might get fired but not where this takes the winner. Seems so futile watching it. and like you say its odd how its not just about wins, theres other factors like twitter and facebook trash talking and all that other stuff that can get you a title fight. Theres this balance of mma being entertainment and sport. At the moment i just fast forward through a lot of the undercards. I agree the rankings are worthless. Its super subjective. Its not even the UFC that ranks their fighters which is even more pointless. "this is what other people think about these fighters so we can pretend there is a system"

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7/3/14 11:51 PM by WoodenPupa

Right, I get that the rankings are determined by media votes, and that there is no formula applied. That isn't the same as saying that fights don't mean something in terms of rankings. They do, it's just that we can't predict what they will mean, since that is determined by arbitrary vote.But that's all beside the point anyway. Even if there *were* a formula being applied, UFC does not set up championship or even contender fights based on those rankings. The rankings mean nothing in the decision-making process. They puppeteer the matchups however they like and the rankings have nothing to do with it.As soon as they announced these silly rankings they admitted all this and said that rankings don't determine matchups, but buffoons still argue about the rankings as if they mean something. And that's my main point here. The rankings aren't just arbitrary, but meaningless. If you removed the arbitrariness (by applying a formula instead of a subjective vote), they still wouldn't mean anything, because the decision-makers match up whoever they want whenever they want.

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7/3/14 9:15 PM by Stephen Holder

Bobby Lupus voted da EFF down due to his batti boi nature.

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7/3/14 8:24 PM by epwar

Another great piece.  Seeing all the Sonnen BS laid out over the years just makes me shake my head at how long Dana & co. defended him.

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7/3/14 7:03 PM by Bobby Lupo


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7/3/14 6:54 PM by Kelvin Gastelum fan

"Decisions = More fighting"lol

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7/3/14 6:52 PM by rockwell

I agree with this but wanted to quote for "toe the line".

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7/3/14 6:16 PM by lookoutawhale

thanks. The rankings are based on the votes by certain mma media for some reason and not on just wins and losses. For example, if a #2 ranked fighter beats a #9 ranked fighter in decision. it might not mean as much as a #3 fighter KO'ing a #5. You can move up and down multiple ranks from 1 fight. Its pretty subjective. Only the top 15 fighters are ranked. Others outside of that are just floating. Even if they win a fight we're not sure where they stand. So when I watch a preliminary card or undercard and 2 nobodies fight there isnt really an incentive to watch knowing that no matter who wins. we dont really know what it meant for them. Did he just go up a ranking? Up 2? Did the other guy go down a ranking or 2? Its pretty subjective. You get guys like Jon Fitch that do well for years have a couple losses and they are just fired. Then its based on more entertainment than sport value. I suppose I figured it would be more like English Premier League soccer where after a season ends the teams on the bottom 3 teams are demoted to the 1st division and the top 3 teams from the 1st division are promoted to the premier league based on points. You can root for the bottom teams to get out of that sport and stay in the league or hope a team finished the bottom 3 so they can get kicked out . Here a dude can get fired out of the blue. Yeah boxing main events like with Tyson, Roy Jones Jr, Prince Naseem Hamed etc were fun to watch because it happend infrequently and thus more special. If you have one every 2 weeks and charge $60 you want it to be stacked with some name recognition.

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6/30/14 11:50 AM by Angry Fight Nerd

Article is the truth, people with odd emotional attachment to the brand are offended.