The UFC continues it’s steady calendar of event with another Fight Night in Steeltown USA this Saturday night. Former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold returns to action for the first time since losing his belt to take on former WSOF two-division champ David Branch in what should be an excellent scrap.
The main card starts at 10pm eastern on Fox Sports 1, while the prelims are at 8pm, also on Fox Sports 1. The early prelims start at 7:30pm on Fight Pass.
Now let’s get down to business.
Mike Perry ($8,500) is still relatively new to the big leagues, but has already made a name for himself as a bro who likes to bang. Funny thing is though, he’s pretty good at it. Add in the fact that his opponent is coming in in 3 days notice, and Platinum Mike is going to bang someone’s head into the mat.
Kamaru Usman ($9,200) hasn’t finished anyone since his days on TUF (which was only 2 years ago), but has managed to rack up huge DFS point totals based on a plethora of significant strikes and takedowns. Sergio Moraes, his opponent, is underrated in his own right, but Usman’s physicality allows him to impose his will yet again.
I’m from Texas, so of course I’m rolling with Justin Ledet ($9,100) this weekend. Good thing for me that he’s a talented boxer looking to continue his unbeaten streak in the UFC against a late replacement.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier ($8,400) has fought 6 times in the UFC. In four of those fights he has submitted his opponent. This Saturday’s opponent, Tony Martins, has some slick BJJ chops of his own, but has been known to get a little risky sometimes, opening himself up to being submitted himself. Canadian dude for the win.
Anthony Hamilton has some crazy power. He also has a tendency to be finished early, both through strikes and submissions. Daniel Spitz ($7,400) is a young and hungry heavyweight prospect looking to put his name on the map. Hamilton is the where he starts.
Oh, Uriah Hall ($7,300), the man of consistent inconsistency. He is coming in on a 3 fight losing streak, but those were against some of the tougher fighters in the division. Jotko is no stiff, he’s beaten some real talent of his own, but Hall possesses the greater propensity for finishes. And at that price, you can’t ignore him.