UFC on Fox Sports 1: Dark Horse Fights for UFC Fight Night

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For the life of me, I cannot understand why people are complaining about this card. First off, it’s free! It will cost you zero dollars and zero cents to watch very fight on this card. That’s pretty awesome. Second, it really is stacked; from top to bottom, this card has “Card of the Year” material all over it. Let’s take a look at a couple of fights that are flying under-the-radar that are guaranteed to be barnburners.

Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle

Wow! It is unbelievable that people are not going nuts over this fight. In Matt Brown’s last two fights he gave us one of the most memorable knockouts of the year against Mike Swick and then followed it up with an all out brawl with Jordan Mein. Mike Pyle has also been having a highlight-worthy year with nasty knockouts over Josh Neer and James Head. Not to mention, a great showing against Rick Story. Both of these guys are more than willing to engage on the feet and both of these guys like to throw every punch looking to take someone’s head off. “Fight of the Night” right here, everyone.

Brad Pickett vs. Michael McDonald

Really?! These two guys are going to get in the Octagon, have someone lock the door and punch each other in the face?! I love this country. Brad Pickett is easily one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC, period. He has extremely fast hands that have knockout power and tends to rely on them when he wants to take control of a fight. Usually it works out well for him, but the only problem with that is McDonald has the same strategy and does it a bit better. Do not expect this fight to reach the scorecards.

Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson

The people’s champion. No, I’m not talking about Tito Ortiz. I’m talking about Joe Lauzon. The man is a finisher, an absolute savage when he gets in the Octagon. His Jiu-Jitsu is some of the best in the entire UFC and he likes to use it. He’s going against Johnson, who has ever-improving standup but his submission game has been garnered as a little less-than-game. Expect a fun grappling exchange but ending with Lauzon getting his hand raised.

Saturday night has the potential to be the card of the year. Only one of the three fights mentioned above is actually on the main card. If I were you, I would watch every one because this card may very well be one for the books.


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