UFC Fight Night 140 Preview

ufc-fn140The welterweight division has quickly become the best division in the UFC as the talent in that division is piling up in a big way.

A lot of that has to do with the top where Tyron Woodley hasn’t been the most active fighter in the UFC.

After beating Demian Maia in 2017 he took more than a year off before he fought Darren Till in his latest title defence.

That has given him one title defence in the last year and as a result, the contenders are all lining up waiting to get their shot.

Originally it was Colby Covington who was supposed to fight for the title but that fight was pulled for Till.

With Woodley retaining the title he seems like the guy to take that next shot but there are a lot of options.

Kamaru Usman continues to rise through the rankings while Rafael Dos Anjos is right there along with Robbie Lawler.

Last week another star was added to the roster as the UFC and ONE Championship pulled off an unprecedented move.

The UFC traded Demetrious Johnson, the man some believe to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world, to ONE Championship in return for Ben Askren.

Askren was in danger of being another one of the best fighters in the world without the opportunity to fight the best fighters in the world.

At 34 he is nearing the end of his career as a fighter but has yet to be beaten and although he is boring to watch there is no doubt that he is great.

With Askren in the mix, things are only going to get more crowded at the top as he waits to make his debut against Robbie Lawler.

In the meantime, everyone else is fighting for the chance to put their name in the hat in order to fight for the title.

Two of those fighters will travel to Argentina in order to bring their names to the forefront which is not going to be an easy thing to do.

For Santiago Ponzinibbio this fight is an important one for more reasons than just the pursuit of a title.

This will be his first chance to fight in front of a home crowd while a part of the UFC giving him the full focus.

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Although most people out of the region aren’t entirely familiar with him he is one of the bigger names in the Argentine fighting world.

He now has a chance to fight in front of his home crowd and make a statement that he is ready to fight at the top of the division.

There will be plenty of pressure and after being out for an entire year that pressure is going to be even bigger.

He will have to shake off the ring rust and the pressure to get a big win and get his chance to move up the rankings.

He will look to do that against a veteran who is back on the rise through the welterweight division.

Neil Magny has been up and down the rankings throughout his career and has always shown the promise of being a real contender.

He tends to stumble at the wrong time though and after a loss to Rafael Dos Anjos, he has put together a small streak of two straight wins.

He is looking to make it three against a very good fighter with a crowd that is certainly against him.

Both of these fighters are entering a fight with a lot going on in their weight division and a lot of noise to get through.

It is a common theme in the UFC these days as talented fighters are always looking to break through the noise.

With so much noise going on in the UFC right now the challenge is becoming tougher and tougher.

A fighter needs to be talked about in order to get a shot and without that talk, they aren’t going to break through.

For Ponzinibbio and Magny, this is a chance for them to take the focus and both will be looking to grab that chance to break through the noise in the most talented division in the UFC.

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