The UFC has three cards this weekend as part of International Fight Week, and the first is UFC Fight Night 90, which takes place this Thursday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This card is certainly flying under the radar when compared to the blockbuster UFC 200 card on Saturday, but it should still be a lot of fun, and here are the top five things you should watch for on it.
1) RDA Defends Lightweight Title Against Alvarez
UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos looks to make his second successful title defense when he takes on former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC Fight Night 90. RDA has won his last five fights in a row and is clearly the best lightweight fighter on the planet at the moment, but Alvarez, who has won his last two fights, is no slouch. Both RDA and Alvarez have well-rounded games and match up incredibly well with one another, so fans are likely to be treated to a fantastic main event fight, one that serves as the appetizer to what is going to be an amazing weekend of MMA.
2) Fan Favorites Lewis and Nelson Look To Put On Show
Two of the biggest fan favorites in the UFC today collide in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 90 as Derrick Lewis meets Roy Nelson in a heavyweight fight that can’t possibly be boring. Lewis has won his last three fights via T/KO and is overall 6-2 in the UFC, but he still lacks that big-name win. Enter Nelson, who is one of the toughest fighters the sport has ever seen. Though Nelson is just 2-5 over his last seven fights, he has fought nothing but elite competition, and Lewis, while very good, isn’t at that championship level yet, which makes for an intriguing bout. Both Lewis and Nelson have huge power, but Nelson has the better chin, and that could ultimately be the X-factor in what is sure to be a fight that does not go the full 15-minute distance.
3) Jouban Welcomes Newcomer Muhammed To Octagon
Welterweight Alan Jouban takes on UFC newcomer Belal Muhammed, who is fresh off of winning the Titan FC welterweight title over Steve Carl. Jouban is 4-2 in the UFC with three knockout wins and is known for exciting fights, but he has the ability to be wrestled, which is what Muhammed will be looking to do to him. Muhammed took this fight on short notice so it’s unknown how much gas he’ll have in his tank, but this should be an exciting fight whether it ends inside the distance or goes to decision.
4) Duffy Takes On Clarke In Battle Of Underrated Lightweights
Two of the more underrated lightweights in the UFC fight when Joseph Duffy takes on Mitch Clarke. Though neither has an amazing UFC record, with Duffy at 2-1 and Clarke at 2-3, both men have fought fairly stiff competition and both are known for putting on exciting fights for the fans. Both men earn a “Performance of the Night” bonus during their respective UFC careers and they will be looking for another one when they fight in the opening main card bout at UFC Fight Night 90.
5) Veterans Pyle, Mina Look To Put On Fight Of The Night
Two extremely exciting veterans meet when Mike Pyle fights Alberto Mina in a welterweight bout. Pyle is coming off of an upset TKO win over Sean Spencer while Mina was last seen defeating Yoshihiro Akiyama via split decision. Both men are deadly strikers with crafty ground games but both men both suffer from poor defense, which should make for an extremely exciting fight. There’s a lot of great matchups this week, but don’t forget to watch this one, as someone is likely going to sleep before the scheduled three rounds are up.
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