We’re back to business with an exciting UFC Fox 23 card this Saturday! This card has everything MMA fans could hope for! (Except Conor McGregor) We’ve got exciting fighters, grizzled vets with weak chins waiting to be ko’d, young talent, and a title eliminator in the main event. I’m way too excited already! Soooo, without further ado, LETS GOOOO!
Sam Alvey vs Nate Marquardt:
Ah, Nate, he used to be one of my favorites back in the day thanks to his aggressive style. Unfortunately he’s gone 3-6 over the past 4 years, and he probably shoulda hung up the gloves when Strikeforce packed it in. 4 of those 6 losses have come via KO, as his chin can no longer keep up with his aggressive tempo. Alvey is a heavy handed vet with 18 KO’s to his credit. To be honest, Alvey hasn’t crossed my mind since he was the #1 pick on TUF. Nate is the better fighter, but between Alvey’s heavy hands and his iron jaw, Nate “The Great” is likely in for a nice long nap in this one. Alvey at -155.
Raphael Assuncao #4 vs Aljamain Sterling #7:
This one comes down to how much Sterling has improved after a shocking loss to Bryan Caraway (yeah, Miesha Tate’s boyfriend, lol). Sterling was the next big thing in the bantamweight division until Caraway exposed him. Sterling is an amazing athlete and has a strong wrestling game, but looked extremely uncomfortable on the feet when facing a superior striker. Assuncao has been in wars throughout his long career, and was knocking on the door of a title shot before losing to former champ TJ Dillashaw at UFC 200. Assuncao beat the living shit out of Caraway back in 2014, so Sterling fans need to hope he’s improved every aspect his game if he’s going to get his hand raised Saturday. Sterling has yet to face a fighter with Assuncao’s talent/experience, which is why I like the BJJ black-belt to take this one. Assuncao -155.
Donald Cerrone #5 vs Jorge Masvidal #12.
“Big B’s Lock” The “Cowboy” is stepping into the cage for the 2nd time in 1 ½ months, and is on the fast track to a title shot in 2017. Standing in his way is Masvidal, who’ll be looking to pull off the biggest win of his career. Masvidal has been up and down throughout his career, and has never been able to get over the hump, as he tends to fail when going up against top tier fighters. Cerrone comes into this one on absolute FIRE going 12-2 in his last 14 with both losses coming at the hands of former lightweight champion Rafeal Dos Anjos. Cerrone was always a top tier fighter 155, but ever since his move to 170 he’s looked better than ever! He’s had 3 fights at 170 with 3 KO’s, and I don’t see Masvidal being the one that stops him. Both men are very talented on the feet, but if it hits the mat Masvidal will be in a world of trouble. Look for “Cowboy” to pick up the win in his home town and move 1 big win away from earning a shot at the title. Cerrone at -165.
That’ll do it for ya boy. Make sure to tune in for some awesome fights Saturday night!