UFC 170: Erik Koch vs. Rafaello Oliveira Booked

By Jeremy Green
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A great lightweight bout has been added to UFC 170 between dynamic strikers Erik Koch and Rafaello Oliveira. Both fighters are in need of a win and if they can get an impressive victory, they will be right up there with the best of them in the lightweight division.

This will be Koch’s first fight in the lightweight division. He decided to move up after fighting in the featherweight division because he hasn’t had much success as of late. He is currently on a two-fight loosing streak, and one more may spell the end of his UFC career.

This seems to have lit a fire under Koch, who believes he will have better success at lightweight, a division that is packed full of elite wrestlers and strikers such as Anthony Pettis, Benson Henderson and T.J. Grant. Koch has always been a dynamic striker, and it’s going to be interesting to see how he fares in a heavier weight class.

Oliveira will be looking to score the upset, and a win over Koch would be a huge feather in his cap. Oliveira sports an overall record of 15-6. His latest UFC outing, which was in the lightweight division, didn’t quite go his way. Edson Barboza was able to land some devastating kicks which left Oliveira unable to continue after the first round. He will be looking to prove that he has what it takes to compete with the elite, and a win over Koch certainly proves that.

This fight should be great as both fighters have competent striking techniques. So will Koch get back to his winning ways, or will Oliveira score the upset?

Jeremy Green is a MMA and NFL contributor at RantSports. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, or Google Plus.

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