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UFC 187 on 5-23-15

05-21-15. By JP Scarano, Exclusively for TheFightWorld.Com

This Saturday night May 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada we could see one team walk way with not one but, two championship belts in the main and co-main events in UFC 187.  Before that can happen we should have some really good fights from beginning to end. I think we should look at these fights before we get into the co-main and main events. With those fights, I will be taking a closer look at the four men who are fighting for the belts. Right now, it’s all about the fighters who are starting us off right.

Starting us off on the UFC Fight Pass, 6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT, we have 3 fights that could be on the main card. In the Flyweight division is Justin Scoggins, 9-2-0 ,vs. Josh Sampo, 11-4-0. I have to say that starting off the fights these 2 men will put on one hell of a show for use. And, with this being the Flyweights, it will make it more exciting, for sure.

Next up it’s the Lightweights with Islam Makhachev, 11-0-0, vs. Leo Kuntz, 17-1-1. I don’t know a  whole lot about these men but I have a strong feeling we will know a lot more about them after this fight.

In the last fight on the UFC Fight Pass in the Welterweight division we have Mike Pyle, 26-10-1, vs. Colby Covington, 7-0-0. For me, this is a rebirth fight for Pyle who is on the tail end of his long and great career. If he can get this win against Covington we could see Pyle make his way back. But don’t count out Covington just yet. He might be young and may not have Pyle’s experience, but what Covington makes up for is being a true MMA student. He is constantly learning and getting better all the time. Both Lightweight and Welterweight  fights are worth seeing.

We have 4 more great match-ups and they are free on FOX Sports 1, 8PM/5PM ETPT. They begin with the ladies from the Strawweight division. Starting us off is Rose Namajunas, 3-2-0, vs. Nina Ansaroff ,6-4-0. This is the first fight for Namajunas since losing her chance to win the Strawweight title. Namajunas is now looking to make it back to a title run and to prove that she isn’t a one-trick pony. Anasaroff is looking for her first title run in the UFC and will get her chance Saturday night in a tough fight.

The Middleweights are up next in a fight that could see either man winning by KO/TKO or submission. I say that because these men aren’t push overs at all. It’s Uriah Hall, 11-4-0, vs. Rafael Natal, 19-6-1. I can’t wait for this fight to happen. Next up is the Welterweights with Dong Hyun Kim, 19-3-1(1) vs. Josh Burkman, 28-10-0(1).  I like both of these fighters because they come to fight. I think we will see a back and forth fight here, for sure.

In the last fight on the FOX Sports 1 in the Flyweight division we have John Dodson, 17-6-0, vs. Zack Makovsky, 19-5-0,.This is Dodson’s return fight since getting hurt in a training accident which caused Dodson to have surgery on his knee almost a year ago. Dodson is looking to get right back into the hunt and get his second chance at the title. But lets not get to ahead of ourselves. Dodson has a tough fight with Makovsky who had been a beast since moving down to the Flyweight division after losing his BellatorMMA World Bantamweight Championship. Don’t forget that he has had only one loss since joining the UFC. These fights are going to be great and remember it’s free for us to see them, so make sure to watch.

Now for the PPV that looks to make some impressions for the UFC and for the Champions, as well. Starting it off in the Flyweight division we have two of the top fighters in the 125lbs. division with Joseph Benavidez, 21-4-0, vs. John Moraga, 16-3-0. Both of these men have fought the current champion and want to get to him again to prove that the first times weren’t just luck and that they are ready for him.

Next up are the big boys of the Heavyweight division with Travis Browne, 17-2-1, vs. Andrei Arlovski, 23-10-0. What makes this fight so different from others on the card is that Browne and Arlovski used to train at the same gym together and got close. They trained at Jackson’s MMA but Browne left in order to grow as a fighter and make a few changes. So now that they aren’t in the same gym or teammates, the UFC put this fight together and it’s one that both fighters wanted. I see this fight being heavy-handed and we may see the end of a friendship.

Here’s a fight that you want to talk about alone. So, here it is. In the Lightweight division its Donald Cerrone 27-6-0(1), vs. John Makdessi, 12-3-0. This fight is the battle of strikers for sure. These 2 men will want to stand and band more then than they will want to go to the ground. This fight wasn’t supposed to happen because it was supposed to be Cerrone taking on the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, 22-0-0. We heard from both Cerrone and Nurmagomedov about how much they wanted to fight each other. We also the the smack talk, disrespect, and hyping this fight and this was one for the ages, all the way. But another knee injury to Nurmagomedov made him bow out of his fight with Cerrone. That didn’t go to well with Cerrone who was looking for a replacement fighter. Well the UFC found their replacement fighter with Makdessi stepping up soon after fighting on April 25, 2015 where he made a comeback KO win. 4 weeks to get ready for someone like Cerrone is a tough task for anyone at any level but Makdessi thinks he is ready for the Cerrone and other top level fighters. By stepping up on such short notice it shows that Makdessi is a true fighter and that he really wants to win. Like I said before about Cerrone, he is willing to fight anyone at anytime. Here, I see a fight all the way with two very heavy-handed strikers.

Who do you fight fans have winning this ?

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