Another weekend, another UFC Fight Night installment – this one taking place in London and broadcast entirely on UFC Fight Pass (which means a start time of 12:30 pm on Saturday – hooray!). This one features a main event that inexplicably has top light-heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson, who gave champ Jon Jones hell in his last time at bat, facing up-and-comer Jimi Manuwa. Why? Who knows! Anyway, as usual, there are a number of very good reasons to tune in on Saturday, and since I get the feeling that you might need some convincing to wake up at noon, here are five of those reasons.
- Alexander Gustafsson – What do you get if you beat on the light-heavyweight champ like he’s never been beat on before? If you’re Swede striker Gustafsson, you get relegated to the Pits of Hell (a.k.a. UFC Fight Pass) and forced to face someone who really isn’t in your league. But it should be a fun romp while it lasts!
- Melvin Guillard – Guillard is the best worst fighter in the UFC (or worst best fighter, depending on how you look at it). When faced with B-level dudes, he slaughters them with the kind of violence that would make hardened criminals weep; however, when faced with top competition, he crumbles like a stale cookie. It’s hard to gauge where his opponent is on that spectrum, so it will be interesting to see how Saturday plays out.
- Michael Johnson – Johnson was dangling precariously on the edge of being a TUF never-was (see: Mac Danzig and Kendall Grove), but somewhere in the past year a switch was flicked and now he’s been slaying foes left and right. Johnson dominated Joe Lauzon, and followed that up with an utter smashing of Gleison Tibau. How will he do against Guillard? That is a very good question…
- Brad Pickett – Two things are always true about “Bad Brad”: he’s struggles against the best in the division, and he always brings the hurt. The latter reason is why you should tune in to watch the Brit on Saturday, while the former reason is why he’ll win.
- Louis Gaudinot – This little green-haired monster earned his status as a fan-favorite by fighting his heart out every time he’s set foot in the cage. Expect nothing less from him at UFC Fight Night 37.