Saturday, 10 May 2014 11:00
Sung in the tune of Cat Stevens, aka the ballad of UFC addicts:
Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody/
I've got some money 'cause I just got paid/
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to/
I'm in an awful way/
Here I am, stuck on the couch just like you (sung Steve Miller style).
- Front Row Brian (37-12 - .755): MMA newsbreaker, Twitter personality
- Josh Nason (36-13 - .734): Wrestling Observer behind-the-scenes guy, WON on Twitter
- Todd Martin (35-14 - .714): Weekly FFD guest | LA Times | Sherdog
- Mike Sempervive (32-17 - .653): Wrestling Observer Live co-host | Big Audio Nightmare
Matt Brown (18-11) vs. Erick Silva (16-4-0-1)
The 33-year-old Brown gets a main event, but it’s a guarantee he would have rather been able to fulfill his date with Carlos Condit that was broken due to Brown’s back injury. He’s won six straight and has T/KOs in five of them. He last was seen knocking out Mike Pyle in 29 seconds back in August, so he’s been off for a good stretch of time. Win and he gets either a top contender or even a title shot given the right circumstances.
Once a fast-rising prospect, Silva is looking for consistency. He’s 4-3 in the UFC, but hasn’t won two in a row and when the competition gets better (Stun Gun Kim, Jon Fitch), he fades. He’s coming off a 52 second TKO of Takenori Sato in February, essentially a squash match as Sato was a late replacement. A win here puts him back on track. A loss? Not good.
Brown: Nason, FRB, Martin, Juon, Sawyer, Meltzer, Pollock, Sempervive
Silva: Storm, Copp
Costa Philippou (12-4-0-1) vs. Lorenz Larkin (14-2-0-1)
As middleweight is a deep division, this is a must-win for Philippou as he’s lost two straight to Francis Carmont and Luke Rockhold, respectively. The 34-year-old has shown some power, but will need a big showing against former Strikeforce standout Larkin. The 27-year-old also needs a standout performance as he’s just 1-2 since coming over in the merger. He’s gone the distance all three times, and last was beaten by Brad Tavares.
Philippou: Nason, Sempervive
Larkin: FRB, Storm, Martin, Juon, Sawyer, Meltzer, Pollock, Copp
Erik Koch (14-3) vs. Daron Cruickshank (14-4)
At just 25, there is still plenty of time for Koch to get back the steam that dissipated after a two-fight losing streak. He rebounded with a February 1st round TKO of Rafaello Oliveira after a long layoff and a return to 155 pounds. The 28-year-old Cruickshank has showed flashes during his six-fight UFC run (4-2), but needs a win streak to start gaining momentum. He last was seen downing Mike Rio via 2nd TKO in January.
Koch: Nason, FRB, Storm, Martin, Juon, Sawyer, Meltzer, Pollock, Copp, Sempervive
Neil Magny (9-3) vs. Tim Means (20-5-1)
A holdover from the dreadful TUF Carwin/Nelson season, Magny is still hanging around despite a 2-2 record. He is coming off a February decision over against someone named Gasan Umalatov, so there’s that. He faces injury replacement Means, making his promotional return after two straight wins in Legacy. Before that, he had a 2-2 record in the UFC and was booted after dropping two straight.
If there was any reason to doubt the UFC is running way too many shows, this fight is 4th from the top of a Saturday Fox Sports 1 event. Ugh.
Means: FRB, Storm, Martin, Juon, Sawyer, Meltzer, Pollock, Copp, Sempervive
Soa Palelei (20-3) vs. Ruan Potts (8-1)
The 36-year-old Palelei brings a 10-fight win streak with 10 T/KOs into Saturday night, and is coming off a quick 1st round no doubt KO of Pat Barry in December. He hasn’t exactly been finishing world beaters, but wins are wins, right? (Well, maybe not that Bob Sapp one.) Potts is making his promotional debut and has eight finishes in his eight career wins. The South African has won three straight, all by first round submission.
Palelei: Nason, FRB, Storm, Martin, Juon, Sawyer, Meltzer, Pollock, Copp, Sempervive
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