Benavdez (18-3) and Formiga (15-2) are two of the top flyweights in the world and their tilt is sure to be in contention for “Fight of the Night” honors. Benavidez is a bit more well-rounded, but Formiga’s submission game can never be discounted. Souza (18-3) is perhaps the division’s best BJJer, while Okami (29-7) has beaten a ton of talented 185ers and is a test for any adversary given his size, strength, and wrestling. Teixeira (21-2) is on an impressive nineteen-fight winning streak and could lock up a title-shot by beating Bader (15-3). However, “Darth” is a decorated wrestler with knockout power and could definitely pull off the upset. This bout isn’t on a lot of fans’ radar but Menjivar (25-10) and Yamamoto (18-6) are two seasoned veterans who both need a win. The importance of finding victory coupled with their technical prowess should provide a unexpected treat for fans watching the UFC 165 prelims. Philippou (12-2) is finally back after an injury-related layoff and hungry to re-establish himself in the division. In Carmont (21-7), Philippou will face an athletic adversary with a lot of hype and desire to match. This bout could easily be one for title-contendership, as Nurmagomedov is 20-0 and Healy (29-16) has been tearing through opposition as of late and hasn’t lost in more than three years. Barao (30-1) has worked his way into “pound-for-pound” territory with 30 straight victories including success against the likes of Brad Pickett, Michael McDonald, and Urijah Faber. While Wineland (20-8-1) is an underdog, the former WEC champ packs power and is as fine a test as can be found in the division. Jones (18-1) will be looking for a record-breaking sixth consecutive defense of his light heavyweight belt when he meets Gustafsson, a 15-1 Swede with a polished arsenal of attacks and the height/length to match Jones’.
September isn’t necessarily a busy one for the
UFC with only two events ( and UFC Fight Night 28 ), but both shows feature a number of interesting match-ups including two title-shots and a handful of bouts with contendership implications at play. Check out a look at some of the scraps fans can look forward to over the next month… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images) UFC 165