This is it. After a long removal from the comforts of home, the UFC is set to make one last stop in a foreign land before arriving stateside. Unless of course you’re from one of these other continents in which it may be more appropriate to reverse the order of that previous sentence and bid that Octagon-shaped cage an elongated farewell.
But first, we stop in in Kalling, Singapore for a little Asian showcase on Fight Pass. Is this a must-watch card that justifies the use of your one-time free trial? Probably not. But if you already have Fight Pass, there are definitely a few matchups that should spark the interest of the die hard fans.
Don’t worry casuals! Bright days lie ahead. But this card will have to rely on the surprise factor to really knock our socks off, and that makes for unpredictable levels of satisfaction. However, if you’re willing to roll the dice, this could contain some hidden gems. Let’s explore.
- Main Card:
- Dong Hyun Kim vs. Colby Covington (diehard)
- Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rafael dos Anjos (diehard)
- Preliminary Card:
- Takanori Gomi vs. Jon Tuck (diehard)
MMA MAD PODCAST GUESTS
- Jon Tuck
- Was slated for that October Philippines card that got cancelled
- Ultimately had thousands of family members fly to Manila for no reason
- Last Appearance in October, 2016
- Walt Harris
- On his second stint with the UFC
- Fresh off a win over Chase Sherman
- Last Appearance in April, 2016
TOP THREE POINTS OF INTEREST
The UFC Can’t Seem To Find A Holm For Holly
Was that a terrible play on the word ‘home’? Of course it was. I’m not going to apologize.
I can’t decide if I should be surprised by Holly’s sudden slump. Her most notable accomplishment came in the form of a one-sided beat down of then-female GOAT Ronda Rousey. The UFC – likely scrambling to pick of the pieces of their fallen superstar – attempted to bill Holly Holm as the next great thing in women’s MMA.
I mean why not? She had just demolished one of the most dominate champions in the sport’s history, and though people no longer look at Rousey as the unstoppable force that she once was, this accomplishment should not be diminished. It was a really, really big deal at the time and rightfully so. So naturally, the promotional forces are going to push the hell out of Holly’s ability inside the cage.
Plus, it helps justified the Rousey loss, which is super important because Rousey would obviously return to her winnings ways in a few short months. Right? I digress.
Holly lost the belt to Miesha Tate just months later. She then lost to Valentina Shevchenko last July. Yet somehow, after back-to-back losses, the UFC gave her a title shot in a brand new division (that I’m not sure even exists anymore) and she wound up losing that one as well. I’m not sure the personality will ever lend itself to stardom, but the skillset could. She just needs to turn it around. This is an pivotal match against a beatable brawler with a semi-recognizable name (Betche Correia). We’ll see how she performs.
Speaking of Redemption… Andrei Arlovski Could Really Use Some
Arlovski is really the tale of two careers. In the early 2000s, he had that long run with the UFC that included an interim – and later official – UFC Heavyweight Championship belt. When he returned to the Octagon back in 2014, he picked up where he left off, tearing through four of the divisional top contenders. It was a magical stretch for a beloved veteran. Enter Stipe Miocic.
In an unofficial title eliminator, the two titans squared off for a shot at Werdum’s title and, as I’m sure you’re aware, Stipe walked away on top. But still, it wasn’t yet time to panic. Andrei was still a top draw with a hell of a resume to back it up. Enter Overeem. Another TKO loss. Now Barnatt. A submission with Fight of the Night accolades to soften the blow. Finally, a matchup with rising star Francis Ngannou. Another TKO loss for Arlovski.
He’s seen better days.
On name recognition, alone, this matchup screams tune-up fight, and tune-up fights are often the most dangerous of all. Especially in the heavyweight division where no victory is guaranteed. Marcin Tybura is 2-1 in the UFC but has never faced anyone as dangerous as Arlovski. Coming off back-to-back knockouts, there’s enough momentum to justify the matchup and even make Tybura a 2-1 favorite in the betting odds. Forty fights later and Arlovski has never failed to entertain. But how much does he still have to give?
Alex Caceres Doing Backyard Street Fighting Is Still The Coolest Thing Ever
Alright class. Today, we’re watching a movie. The man with the coolest nickname happens to have the coolest backstory ever, coming up through DaDa 5000’s backyard brawls before finding success on the sport’s biggest stage. Check out some of these wild videos and get excited for Bruce Leroy to put on yet another show this weekend.