UFC Fight Night 50 Preview

ufc_fn50The UFC is fresh off of an embarrassing weekend with their main event suffering a last-minute change. The UFC had never been in that situation before as only 24 hours before they were set to fight the main event between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao saw a change with Barao being forced out. The UFC was sent scrambling and found a last-minute replacement who put up a good showing but never really had a shot. This came only a month after cancelling a pay-per-view event, UFC 176, due to injuries on the card. The UFC is hoping that they can put together a solid showing as they return on Friday night with an important middleweight fight. The middleweight division has not been the most active as of recently with smaller fighters taking the spotlight. Now the UFC gets back to showcasing the top talent in a bigger division. The Middleweight division was once ruled by one of the best fighters in the history of the UFC in Anderson Silva. Two losses to Chris Weidman left Silva without the belt and on the sidelines after breaking his leg in the second fight. His return is inevitable as he continues to recover and could return early in 2015 as another fight with Weidman is almost assured. Before Silva can get his hands on Weidman for the third time the champion will take on Vitor Belfort in December to end a long layoff for Weidman. As the contenders seem to be piling up for Weidman there are a lot of fighters just hoping they can rise fast enough to get in between these fighters for their own title shot against Weidman. One of these fighters is Ronaldo Souza who has been rising fast up the middleweight division. Souza entered the UFC in 2013 to plenty of hype. He was a fighter that many considered to be the next challenger to Anderson Silva and his reign. Before that could happen Weidman took out Silva and the man known as Jacare, or alligator in English, had a new target. He has mowed through the middleweight division and seems almost unstoppable at this point. With a #4 ranking in the division Souza is looking to be the next title challenger and he hopes to prove it at UFC Fight Night 50. He only has three fights in the UFC so far but all have been wins and all have been impressive. His first win against Chris Camozzi was a submission win while his second was a TKO victory over Yushin Okami. His last fight was a unanimous decision win over Francis Carmont as Souza continues to climb up the ladder. Now he takes on an MMA veteran in Gegard Mousasi who himself has earned plenty of respect after his three fights. With wins over Ilir Latifi and Mark Munoz and a loss against Lyoto Machida Mousasi sits in the #7 spot in the middleweight division and is looking to move his way up by beating a fast rising star. Both are well-rounded fighters but Souza earned his nickname from his submission abilities and will always look to take the fight to the ground. Meanwhile Mousasi is a bit more of a boxer than a ground fighter and is likely more comfortable in this fight staying away from Souza’s ground game. It should be a good fight with two of the best rising fighters in the division looking to enter the title conversation with a win. That win will come to Souza who seems like one of the hottest fighters right now and will earn the submission win in the 2nd round.

The middleweights will face off in the main event but for many the biggest fight is the co-main event where two heavyweights face off. It has been almost 7 months since Alistair Overeem stepped into the octagon but he will look to prove that the time off was nothing more than getting more time to train. Ranked as the #7 fighter in the heavyweight division here is still a lot to prove for the Dutch kickboxer. Overeem came into the UFC built as the main that was going to defeat Brock Lesnar who everyone thought was too big and athletic to be beat. Overeem did exactely what was expected of him beating Lesnar in one of the biggest heavyweight fights in UFC history. Since that win Overeem has had mixed results throughout his tenure in UFC. A suspension due to a failed drug test and a pair of losses made 2013 a bad year. His 2014 has started well so far with a win over Frank Mir his only fight of the year. He looks to keep that pattern going when he takes on Ben Rothwell in a big heavyweight matchup. Rothwell is just looking to get back to fighting after a year off and is hoping to make an impact in his first fight back by beating a big name like Overeem. There is little question as to where either fighter wants this fight as Overeem comes from a kickboxing background while Rothwell prefers to stay standing despite fighting in MMA since he was 17-years old. Both fighters will try to keep the fight standing and for the fans that means a brawl that is always a fan favourite,

Fight Card

Main Card:
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Gegard “The Dream Catcher” Mousasi

Main Card:
Alistair “The Reem” Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell

Matt “Meathead” Mitrione vs. Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis

Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon vs. Mike “Maverick” Chiesa

Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira vs. Nik “The Carnie” Lentz

John Moraga vs. Justin “Tank” Scoggins

“Ragin” Al Iaquinta vs. Rodrigo Damm

Rafael “Sapo” Natal vs. Chris Camozzi

Chris “The Real Deal” Beal vs. Tateki “Tech” Matsuda

Chas “The Scrapper” Skelly vs. Sean Soriano

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