Great Fights Being Overlooked at UFC 146
May 17, 2012 § Leave a comment
The battle royal of UFC 146 has cast a heavyweight-size shadow over some incredibly exciting prelim fights. Those who overlook the undercard and dismiss it as unimportant are wrong to do so. Some great fights have flown under the radar, hidden by the heavyweight fascination, failed testosterone tests and twitter campaigns that have accompanied the PPV.
1. Edson Barboza versus Jamie Varner
As I have said before, Edson Barboza is one of the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster and he’ll be looking to continue his seemingly unstoppable pursuit of the championship when he faces former WEC champ Jamie Varner. This will be Varner’s first fight back in the UFC and is coming off an impressive first round finish of veteran Drew Fickett. Barboza is now maincard worthy and a match up with a former champion is something not to be missed.
2. Jason Miller versus C.B Dollaway
Jason “Mayhem” Miller is one of the most popular fighters in MMA, despite a lack of credible success. After his unsuccessful return to the UFC against Michael Bisping, Miller is on the brink of capitulation in this do-or-die match up. Rather than drift back into the wilderness of Strikeforce or Bellator, he has said he will retire from the sport should he lose. Dollaway’s situation is a similarly desperate. Riding a 2-fight losing streak, Dollaway is in need of a vital win. Two flagging fighters scrapping for their future in an MMA relegation battle.
3. Dan Hardy versus Duane Ludwig
Very similar to the previous fight, ever-popular Dan Hardy is fighting for his UFC career against Duane Ludwig. Hardy’s profile within the sport hasn’t wavered despite being on a 4-fight losing streak, however popularity and promotion are unlikely to save him should that run stretch to five.
4. Diego Brandao versus Darren Elkins
Ultimate Fighter season 14 winner Diego Brandao is set to make his UFC debut against Darren Elkins. The explosive Brazilian tore through TUF and heads into this fight with a surprising high level of hype. The UFC tends to feed TUF winners the obligatory tomato can to ease them into the competition but this is not one of those occasions. Elkins is 3-1 in the UFC and could spoil Brandao’s arrival. An impressive win for either fighter will propel them into the title picture, alongside with the likes of Brookins, Oliveira, Hioki, Mendes and Siver just behind Chan Sung Jung and Erik Koch.