While today’s UFC Fight Night 29 might not feature an all-star line-up like some of the other upcoming cards (UFC 166,167, and 168 all look fantastic), naturally there are several interesting bouts. Of course, the headliner between Jake Shields and Demian Maia is a big fight in the welterweight division, as is the co-main-event featuring Dong Hyun Kim and Erick Silva. But what are some of the other gems?
Recently MMA Frenzy.com’s Chris Leslie spoke with retired fighter and now UFC commentator Kenny Florian, and asked him what’s his can’t miss pick for the card. The charismatic “KenFlo” stated:
There’s a bunch but Assunção and Dillashaw is definitely one that caught my eye. These are two of the best bantamweights and it is such a tough one to call! Both are really on fire. You look at what Assunção is doing and then you see Dillashaw knocking people out, and he’s a wrestler, and I think you’re going to get a true contender out of that one.
It’s hard to disagree with Florian here, as the bout will see the UFC’s #5 ranked bantamweight in Assuncao, battle the #9 ranked Dillashaw. Not only that, but both fighters have won four straight fights. So as Florian alluded too, the winner could move into the title shot mix.
The former lightweight contender tackled several questions in the interview, including where Florian believes UFC 165’s Jones-Gustafsson tilt ranks all-time.
It is definitely one of, if not the greatest title fight of all time. It was also one of the best fights I have seen period. It was such a great fight. When you have a dominant champion like Jones tested for every single round it is special. It was such a close and dramatic fight. It was a very interesting fight from the opening bell. I immediately felt that we were going to see these guys fight several more times down the road. It was just such an amazing clash of styles and I look forward to seeing it again.
It certainly was a jaw dropper. Here’s hoping UFC FN 29 later today has a few of them as well. The card will go down at the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil beginning at 5:00 PM ET.
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