Fourth of July weekend is about to get even better. UFC International Fight Week is set to kick off on Tuesday July 1st in the fight capital of the world: Las Vegas! Right smack dab in the middle of it is the most anticipated UFC event of 2014 and we can hardly contain our excitement!
Two U.S. champions will put their titles on the line, along with a main card and prelims designed to delight. For UFC VIP guests the fights will be the cherry on top of what will be a bucket list #UFCVIP experience. (Follow the hashtag this weekend for live updates from Vegas!)
As usual, here’s our preview of UFC® 175’s fight card, the winners and losers, and what you can expect.
Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida
The champ is ready for a second title defense against another tested opponent. For challenger Lyoto Machida he will be facing the man who beat his teammate, the Spider. Twice.
Machida’s already shown he has the heart of the champion after holding the Light Heavyweight belt. His move from LHW to Middleweight serves only to exemplify his amazing skills: speed, agility, elusiveness, incredible footwork, and powerful striking. A win at UFC® 175 will launch him into the stratosphere of UFC fighting elite who have ever held multiple titles.
“The All-American” has been undefeated within the UFC and looks for another title defense against “The Dragon”. He has the edge in grappling and submissions as one of the best wrestlers in MMA. If there’s any real edge for either fighter in this matchup, I predict that it is Weidman’s ground game.
This is sure to be one of the best title fights of the year (and that’s saying a lot considering the fights we’ve seen in 2014), but if we had to choose a winner…
Outcome: Weidman via submission
Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis
While the Men’s Middleweight championship bout would be more than enough for any fight card, it’s 4th of July! So the UFC gives us not one, but TWO amazing fights.
For this co-event will it be business as usually for the Women’s Bantamweight champ, Rousey? Or can Davis stop her incredible reign?
We already know what Rousey brings to the table, one of the best judokas in all of MMA, amazing submission and grappling skills, fast paced and high energy out of the gate. Rousey won eight of her nine matchups with an armbar, and Sarah McMann found out first hand that the champ has a wide array of skills when she won in the first round via TKO after a crippling liver kick.
For Davis, an accomplished jiu-jitsu black belt, her pace is more slow and steady. If she’s able to withstand the initial onslaught by Rousey, it may be her kind of match in the later rounds. Rousey has already shown that she’s can hang into round three, Saturday will be a test of whether or not Davis can take advantage in that late round.
Outcome: Rousey via submission
Main Card Pick ‘Em
You’ve heard my picks for the co-main events, what’re yours? How do you think the rest of the main card will play out? Vote below and then tune in on Saturday to see how well you know your fighters!
Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres
We typically don’t venture into the prelims to give predictions but this is a main card caliber match, and Fox Sports 1 viewers are in for a treat as the California Kid looks to put on a show against Bruce Leeroy!
Caceres is coming off of a five-fight win streak and is looking to get another W against Faber on Saturday.
Outcome: Faber via submission
What prelim fight are you most looking forward to? Who do you think will win this matchup?
So you let another epic fight card pass you by… and on top of that you’re missing international fight week AND a fight night in Las Vegas. It’s okay, we’ll tell you all about it on Monday.
BUT, don’t let another opportunity pass you by! UFC® 177 is just over a month away and YOU can be there. Not just there watching the rematch main event of Dillashaw vs Barao, but there like a VIP!
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Hospitality is basically where it’s at pre-fight night. Open on Saturday, this luxurious setting is an oasis featuring gourmet food buffets, premium open bars, simulcast TV coverage so you don’t miss a second of the prelim action, interactive elements to keep you entertained oh and did I mention UFC fighter and Octagon girl appearances!?
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