By Benjamin Bieker
Ahead of this weekend’s UFC 162 there has been a ton of fights announced. So, instead of having you go search every website to see which ones they have announced you just have to come here, because here at MMAOnline.com we do the work so you do not have to.
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Mike Pyle vs. Matt Brown
Matt Brown was originally supposed to face returning veteran Thiago Alves, but an injury left Alves unable to compete on the card. That is a good thing considering that Brown is riding a five fight win streak with four finishes, and Alves had not fought in over a year and is 2-4 in his last few fights. Pyle, in contrast, is 7-1 over his last eight fights with his only loss came to rising star Rory MacDonald. Now, this fight has a lot more heft in the welterweight division, because the winner could be a fight or two away from a title shot based on their winning streaks.
Josh Samman vs. Uriah Hall
This was the fight that everyone wanted to see on the last season of TUF, but Samman left the competition after getting knocked out by Kelvin Gastelum. Hall holds a current loss to Gastelum as well since he was just the runner-up of their season after losing to the Arizona native in the finals. Now, people will finally get to see this fight when they face off in Boston.
Steven Siler vs. Mike Brown
Akira Corassani was supposed to face off with former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown, but he was unable to compete due to an injury. Siler will be a good test though, because he is sitting at 4-1 in the featherweight division with multiple upset victories. If he can replicate those efforts against Brown it will be the biggest win of his career.
Ryan Couture vs. Quinn Mulhern
Couture did not quite have the debut he was wishing for against Ross Pearson, because although he did win the first round he was knocked out in the second round. The same could be said for Mulhern who was knocked out in the first round by Rick Story. That is what prompted Mulhern’s move down to 155, and the fans may be in store for a ground battle between these two grappling specialist.
Eddie Wineland vs. Renan Barao
It looks like Wineland was smart in waiting or his interim title fight, because he is still getting to fight Barao while Cruz continues to sit out. This fight is still interesting, but it is only a matter of time until people want to see the interim title become the unified bantamweight title.
Mark Bocek vs. Michel Prazeres
Bocek will return after nearly a year off this September when he faces off with Prazeres. At this point in his career, Bocek has become a gatekeeper having only lost to top competition while beating the rest. The jury is still out on Prazeres who lost his first fight in his debut against Paulo Thiago, after 16 straight wins. He will be moving to lightweight in this hoping to prove he belongs in the UFC.
Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
Both fighters are looking to prove they do not belong on the undercard in this fight, because both have had some missteps in their UFC careers so far. Clements won his debut but was taken out when he faced Matt Riddle last July, and he has not fought since then. Thompson has gone 2-1 in the promotion so far, but he lost to Matt Brown in the striking game which is where Thompson is best. Both will have a chance to prove themselves but only one will have a chance to. Who will it be?
Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt
Two former top contenders are looking to keep their job in this fight. Marquardt had fought for the middleweight title, but there was talk of him being a contender for GSP belts until he lost to Tarec Saffiedine and Jake Ellenberger. Lombard was signed in hopes of having him challenge Anderson SIlva for his title, but losses to Tim Boestch and Yushin Okami stymied those chances. Whoever losses this fight may be dropped from the promotion based of their recent performances.
What are your thoughts?