UFC: Top 8 Fights In May

UFC: Top 8 Fights In May

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With another month of UFC action in the books and several high-profile events in the rear view, fans may fear a drop-off in quality fights. But never fear, more MMA is near! The month of May is oozing with intriguing matchups and guaranteed action, as the world’s largest promotion is set for four big events in the coming month. Here are the fights that no fan of the sport should miss.

8. Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo

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8. Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo

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He may never hold the UFC lightweight title, but people don't give Michael Chiesa (10-1) enough credit. The Ultimate Fighter season 15 winner is a serious threat on the ground, is improving on the feet, and his only career loss is to the dangerous veteran Jorge Masvidal. He will meet a stiff test in the Brazilian powerhouse Francisco Trinaldo.

6. Mark Munoz vs. Gegard Mousasi

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6. Mark Munoz vs. Gegard Mousasi

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In a classic striker vs. grappler matchup, the technical kickboxing of Gegard Mousasi will be tested by the powerful wrestling of Mark Munoz. Both men are coming off of a loss the No. 1 contender Lyoto Machida and will be looking to bounce back in this fight. While no slouch on the ground, Mousasi has struggled with strong wrestlers in the past, most notably dropping a decision to Munoz’s fellow Oklahoma State Cowboy wrestler Muhammad Lawal.

5. Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva

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5. Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva

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To kick off the action-packed month, red-hot Matt “The Immortal” Brown will take on the uber-talented Erick Silva in Cincinnati. After trading wins and losses throughout his career, the No. 7 ranked contender Brown has put together a scintillating six-fight win streak, but he will be taking on a stiff challenge in Erick “Indio” Silva, whose flashes of brilliance in the cage have many fans extremely high on the gifted Brazilian.

4. Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson

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4. Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson

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Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier and former Pride and Strikeforce title holder Dan Henderson will go to war in a battle of former U.S. Olympians. Both Cormier and Henderson have represented the United States in wrestling and will now go toe to toe for a shot at Jon Jones. The No. 3-ranked contender Cormier is still undefeated in his MMA career and will be trying to extend the streak against “Hendo”.

3. Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

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3. Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

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Coming off of a horrendous beating at the hands of champion Cain Velasquez, former heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos will be looking to rebound against surging contender Stipe Miocic in his home country of Brazil. Miocic has looked impressive of late, but has a big test ahead of him in the form of the No. 1-ranked heavyweight contender. Dos Santos has only lost to the champion Velasquez in the UFC.

2. Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger

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2. Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger

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This fight has fireworks written all over it. To be fair, any fight with Robbie Lawler is going to be a war, but he will likely find a willing dance partner in fellow welterweight slugger Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger. Either man has the potential to knock the other silly, and it is more than likely that only one man will leave this one standing.

1. Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

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1. Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

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Despite riding a 33-fight unbeaten streak and claiming the UFC bantamweight title, people still aren’t talking about Renan Barao. They should be. Despite being a lighter weight fighter, Barao has made a habit of brutally finishing opponents with all three of his title defenses coming by way of TKO or submission. The vaunted Nova Uniao product will look to continue his winning ways at UFC 173 against a vastly improved T.J. Dillashaw.

Graham Jones is an MMA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him  on   Twitter @graymatter91,    “Like” him  on   Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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