Tonight’s UFC Fight Night 47 – which will air on FOX Sports 1 and 2 for the main card and prelims, respectively – may be lack in marquee names, but it has a lot to offer the fight fan. “Why should I stay in on a Saturday night and watch it?” you’re probably asking. Well! Here are five reasons!
-Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux: Since joining the ranks of the UFC after the dissolution of Strikeforce, St. Preux has built up a bit of a win streak. Bader, though, is Bader. Meaning, he’s a tough TUF winner who’s proven capable of beating scrubs yet get’s crushed by the elite fighters of the organization. Since they both can scrap, we should have a fun main event – with the added bonus of learning afterwards if St. Preux is elite just another scrub.
-Sara McMann vs. Lauren Murphy: McMann got crushed by champ Ronda Rousey, but you can’t take away from the fact that she’s an Olympian who’s still relatively new to fighting in the cage. And who else out there truly has the pedigree to challenge Rousey? As a comeback fight, Murphy – who won a belt at Invicta FC 7 via injury after getting her ass thoroughly kicked – is a solid stepping stone, and if McMann performs to her potential, she could be rematching for that UFC belt sooner rather than later.
-Gray Maynard vs. Ross Pearson: Maynard is like a thousand-year old statue that, though once proud and majestic, is crumbling something fierce. Pearson is going to murder him, so the joy in this bout is guessing when the punch will come that will force Maynard to shuck his mortal coil.
-Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares: Boetsch has always run hot and cold. When he’s hot, he’s throwing people on their heads and dominating; when he’s cold, he looks like one seriously out-matched dude. Which version will show up tonight? I don’t know, but you don’t want to miss it if the “hot” Boetsch steps into the cage.
-Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky: The flyweight division needs worthy challengers, and thus far, former Bellator champ Makovsky has been looking real good in his time in the Octagon. Formiga, not so much. Regardless, both men have the resumes that would justify a title shot, so a win here tonight is crucial for either fighter.