5 Reasons to be Excited About UFC 169

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5 Reasons to be Excited About UFC 169

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Renan Barao and Urijah Faber will be headlining UFC 169 tonight for the title in an event that promises fireworks. Under threat by the Super Bowl, UFC 169 has stood its ground and is going ahead with two championship bouts on the main card. Training partners Barao and Jose Aldo are facing two dangerous opponents in Faber and Ricardo Lamas, but most are expecting the two Brazilians to come out on top. This is a rare time where there are two champions on one card and the first time the champion in the lower weight class is the main attraction.

Supporting the two champions are heavyweight regulars Frank Mir and Alistair 'The Demolition Man' Overeem, who will be looking for an important win tonight. It's highly doubtful that this particular 'big-man' clash will be leaving the first round -- or even the first three minutes -- with both guys being powerful finishers and prone to finishes themselves.

Jamie Varner is fighting Abel Trujilo in an evenly matched fight with equally entertaining promise. Varner is going to come forward and slug at Abel's body and head, and Trujilo will be looking to do exactly the same. It's a fight of the night candidate, and these two men will be looking to finish each other as soon as they start.

Expect plenty of drama in this event, but don't expect the ratings to be a good number. The heavier weight classes pull in the casual fans, and two lighter Brazilians won't be pay-per-view draws for now.

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5. Exciting Fighters

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The fighters on this card rack up a total of 22 'of the night' awards which is an incredible number. Most of these fighters are incredibly well-rounded and prone to keeping the judges out of work for a night. Expect each fight from the preliminaries up to be an exciting war with plenty of finishes.

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4. The Heavyweights

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Overeem and Mir are coming off the worst stretches of their careers. Frank Mir is winless in his last three fights, and Overeem's hype train has been completely derailed following back to back knockout losses where he showed he was prone to a stoppage loss no matter how well he is doing in the fight. Expect these two juggernauts to come out strong in possibly their last showing in the UFC.

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3. The Rise of Renan Barao

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Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Renan Barao has fast become a Brazilian staple of the UFC. He is one of two Brazilian champions in the UFC and is the teammate of the other. His attack is diverse, his confidence is sky high and his impression on the bantamweight division is undeniable. With Dominick Cruz injured for the last two years, Barao has stopped this division from fading into irrelevancy, and a second win over Faber will make him one of the most dominant champions in the UFC.

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2. The Rebirth of the California Kid

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Urijah Faber was a candidate for fighter of the year in 2013 and is riding an inspired four fight win streak after finishing three of his opponents. Could the California Kid's rebirth finally bring him another major title?

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1. The Pound for Pound Prince

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Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Whilst not reigning on top of the pound for pound list, Aldo is a close second fighting for his sixth consecutive UFC championship defense. Watching the best fighter under 205-pounds is always something to get excited about.

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5 Reasons to be Excited About UFC 169

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Renan Barao and Urijah Faber will be headlining UFC 169 tonight for the title in an event that promises fireworks. Under threat by the Super Bowl, UFC 169 has stood its ground and is going ahead with two championship bouts on the main card. Training partners Barao and Jose Aldo are facing two dangerous opponents in Faber and Ricardo Lamas, but most are expecting the two Brazilians to come out on top. This is a rare time where there are two champions on one card and the first time the champion in the lower weight class is the main attraction.

Supporting the two champions are heavyweight regulars Frank Mir and Alistair 'The Demolition Man' Overeem, who will be looking for an important win tonight. It's highly doubtful that this particular 'big-man' clash will be leaving the first round -- or even the first three minutes -- with both guys being powerful finishers and prone to finishes themselves.

Jamie Varner is fighting Abel Trujilo in an evenly matched fight with equally entertaining promise. Varner is going to come forward and slug at Abel's body and head, and Trujilo will be looking to do exactly the same. It's a fight of the night candidate, and these two men will be looking to finish each other as soon as they start.

Expect plenty of drama in this event, but don't expect the ratings to be a good number. The heavier weight classes pull in the casual fans, and two lighter Brazilians won't be pay-per-view draws for now.

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5. Exciting Fighters

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Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

The fighters on this card rack up a total of 22 'of the night' awards which is an incredible number. Most of these fighters are incredibly well-rounded and prone to keeping the judges out of work for a night. Expect each fight from the preliminaries up to be an exciting war with plenty of finishes.

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4. The Heavyweights

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Overeem and Mir are coming off the worst stretches of their careers. Frank Mir is winless in his last three fights, and Overeem's hype train has been completely derailed following back to back knockout losses where he showed he was prone to a stoppage loss no matter how well he is doing in the fight. Expect these two juggernauts to come out strong in possibly their last showing in the UFC.

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3. The Rise of Renan Barao

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Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Renan Barao has fast become a Brazilian staple of the UFC. He is one of two Brazilian champions in the UFC and is the teammate of the other. His attack is diverse, his confidence is sky high and his impression on the bantamweight division is undeniable. With Dominick Cruz injured for the last two years, Barao has stopped this division from fading into irrelevancy, and a second win over Faber will make him one of the most dominant champions in the UFC.

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2. The Rebirth of the California Kid

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Urijah Faber was a candidate for fighter of the year in 2013 and is riding an inspired four fight win streak after finishing three of his opponents. Could the California Kid's rebirth finally bring him another major title?

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1. The Pound for Pound Prince

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Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Whilst not reigning on top of the pound for pound list, Aldo is a close second fighting for his sixth consecutive UFC championship defense. Watching the best fighter under 205-pounds is always something to get excited about.


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