Once again the UFC will grace us with two shows in a single day on Saturday, and once again fans will be forced to pick and choose what they want to devote their precious little time to for the sake of soaking up some caged violence. Does it matter that one event – UFC Fight Night 48 – will be taking place in Macao will the other – UFC Fight Night 49 – will go down in Oklahoma? Does it make any difference that one will air on Fight Pass while the other goes up on the FOX Sports channels? Nah. What matters are the individual fighters doing the scrapping, and here’s the “who” and the “why”.
-Michael Bisping vs. Cung Le, UFC FN 48: The clock is ticking something fierce on the shelf lives of both Bisping and Le, which means that at any time these men could suddenly suck hard and get KO’d easily. Therefore, it behooves us to pay close attention to this bout, as it could be one of the last times we get to watch Bisping effectively play the role of “gatekeeper to the division’s elite” and Le play the role of insanely creative striker.
-Tyron Woodley vs. Dong Hyun Kim, UFC FN 48: Woodley looked like crap against Rory MacDonald in his last outing, but he was kicking some serious ass prior to that bout. Kim, meanwhile, has been absolutely slaying dudes. Will the former Strikeforce stud be the one to derail the “Stun Gun” train? Or will Kim earn a legitimate title shot by crushing him?
-Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos, UFC FN 49: It’s only fitting that two of the lightweight division’s top fighters meet every now and then, and that’s the case with this UFC Fight Night 49 bout. Does former champ Henderson have what it takes to get past the tough Brazilian and earn yet another crack at the belt? I’m thinking he does, but don’t expect Dos Anjos to make it easy for him.
-Ben Saunders vs. Chris Heatherly, UFC FN 49: Saunders is a badass striker when he wants to be, but the TUF and UFC veteran has been relegated to Bellator for so long that fans have probably forgotten that. Expect his UFC return against this nobody to present the perfect opportunity for him to showcase that devastating stand-up of his.
-Mike Pyle vs. Jordan Mein, UFC FN 49: Respect the mullet of Mike Pyle. Really, what more is there to say?