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UFC Fight Night 36: “Machida vs. Mousasi” takes place tonight (Sat., Feb. 15, 2014) at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil, and can be seen live on FOX Sports 1. The “Prelims” under card can be seen on Fight Pass, featuring seven bouts. The five-bout main card will air on FOX Sports 1, headlined by Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi.
The complete UFC Fight Night 36 fight card will air this later evening (Sat., Feb. 15, 2014) on FOX Sports 1. Here's how to catch tonight's "Machida vs. Mousasi" mixed martial arts (MMA) action LIVE from all available locations.
Exciting featherweights, Felipe Arantes and Maximo Blanco collide tonight (Sat., Feb. 15, 2014) at UFC Fight Night 36 from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil. Expect them to put on a "Fight of the Night"-worthy performance.
Everything you need to know about UFC Fight Night 36 right here!
Francis Carmont is on the verge of Middleweight championship contendership even though he has been criticized for boring performances and dubious decision wins, Nonetheless, an 11-fight win streak and a win over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza tonight (Sat. Feb. 15, 2014) at UFC Fight Night 36 makes him an important fighter to watch this evening on FOX Sports 1.
A middleweight title shot could be on the line this Saturday night (Feb. 15, 2014) when Lyoto Machida faces Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36 from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil. Will "Dragon's" next chance at gold be at hand, or will Mousasi catch that dream? Read our fight preview to find out!
MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 36 headliner Gegard Mousasi, who tries to steal Lyoto Machida's spot in the 185-pound pecking order with a big win in Brazil. Here's how "The Dreamcatcher" stacks up.
This Saturday night (February 15, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweights Ronaldo Souza and Francis Carmont will face off in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 36, airing live on FOX Sports 1 from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.
The pivotal Top 10 showdown features two fighters who bring a ton of momentum into the Octagon.
Former Strikeforce middleweight champ Souza has won his last five mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts, brutally finishing his opponent in each one. "Jacare" was last seen knocking out former title challenger Yushin Okami at UFC Fight Night 28. Undefeated in UFC, the No. 3-ranked"Jacare" is looking to cement his position as a future title challenger.
Carmont has received a mere fraction of the publicity that "Jacare" has garnered, but that doesn't necessarily make him less dangerous. "Limitless" has won 11 straight bouts, including a 6-0 mark in UFC. Last seen upsetting Costa Philippou at UFC 165, the No. 8-ranked TriStar Gym-trained product has a golden opportunity to shock the world and establish himself as a legitimate player in a tough division.
He'll just have to derail a freight train to do it. Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Souza vs. Carmont:
Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
Record: 19-3(1) overall, 2-0 UFC
Key Wins: Yushin Okami (UFC Fight night 28), Tim Kennedy (Strikeforce: Houston), Robbie Lawler (Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg), Alexander Shlemenko (Jungle Fight 6)
Key Losses: Luke Rockhold (Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov), Gegard Mousasi (DREAM 6)
Record: 22-7 overall, 6-0 UFC
Key Wins: Costa Philippou (UFC 165), Lorenz Larkin (UFC on FOX 7), Tom Lawlor (UFC 154)
Key Losses: Evangelista Santos (WFC- Europe vs. Brazil)
Souza brings a heralded all-world Brazilian jiu-jitsu pedigree to the table, owning a long list of high-level accomplishments that have gained him a reputation as one of the finest submission artists in all of MMA. Lately, however, Souza has added some power striking to his game, resulting in two face-shattering knockouts over Okami and Derek Brunson.
"Jacare" prefers to unleash his power shots on the inside, but that could potentially be a tough task against a long, rangy fighter like Carmont. Because of this, he may look to take this fight to the ground early. There's not a 185-pound fighter in the world that Souza can't contend with on the mat; Carmont has also tapped out three times.
To score the huge upset in Brazil, Carmont needs to show up with sharpened takedown defense. The former light heavyweight should look to use his four inch reach advantage to keep "Jacare" at bay, simultaneously avoiding his big punches and takedown attempts while scoring with his jab and kicks.
Souza is no doubt strong. However, Carmont is an absolutely huge middleweight. Don't be surprised to see him go for a takedown and surprise "Jacare" by putting him on his back. Carmont has 10 submission wins of his own, but it's going to be nigh impossible to score one here.
This fight is a very interesting clash of top-ranked talent. "Jacare" has only lost once in over five years, while Carmont has remained undefeated since early 2008. In a division full of dangerous title contenders, Souza has a chance to put himself directly behind the winner of UFC Fight Night 36's main event between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi. That could mean a title shot is just around the corner.
Carmont, on the other hand, could become an instant dark horse contender with a win on Saturday night. He'll undoubtedly have to put forth the best performance of his career to get it, making this a crucial bout.
With "Jacare" a massive favorite, this bout could be a lot closer than you might think.
Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 36: "Machida vs. Mousasi" mixed martial arts (MMA) event that is set to hit Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil, this Saturday tonight (Feb. 15, 2014), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more.
More free UFC fights are coming to Fight Pass online digital network and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., Feb. 15, 2014) when UFC Fight Night 36: "Machida vs Mousasi" mixed martial arts (MMA) event kicks off from Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC Fight Night 36 "Prelims" party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part under card preview series below.
What does victory mean for the UFC Fight Night 36 main and co-main event fighters Lyoto Machida, Gegard Mousasi, Ronaldo Souza and Francis Carmont this Saturday night (Feb. 15, 2014) at Arena Jaragua in Brazil? We take a look at the possible outcomes and future consequences for each of these combatants below.
This Saturday night (February 15, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Erick Silva and Takenori Sato will square off on the main card of UFC Fight Night 36, airing live on FOX Sports 1 from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.
Sato will make his Octagon debut as a late replacement for Silva's original opponent Nate Loughran. He'll face a tough challenge in former Jungle Fight champion Silva, a formerly fast-rising mixed martial arts (MMA) talent who experienced a shocking UFC Fight Night 29 knockout loss at the hands of Dong Hyun Kim.
Sato is a former welterweight King of Pancrase, defending his belt six times. He was last seen submitting Islam Galayev under the Dream banner. Sato is on an impressive 10-fight unbeaten streak, but he's set for a huge spike up in competition in UFC.
Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Silva vs. Sato:
Record: 15-4(1) overall, 3-3 UFC
Key Wins: Charlie Brenneman (UFC on FX 3), Jason High (UFC on Fuel TV 10)
Key Losses: Dong Hyun Kim (UFC Fight Night 29), Jon Fitch (UFC 153)
Record: 17-8-7 overall, 0-0 UFC
Key Wins: Keiichiro Yamamiya (Pancrase-Progress Tour 10)
Key Losses: Yuki Kondo (Pancrase-Passion Tour 1)
After blasting through his first three UFC opponents (although his win over Carlo Prater was ruled a disqualification for illegal strikes), Silva was largely thought to be the future of the UFC welterweight division. He's since cooled down with losses to Kim and Jon Fitch, but there's no denying Silva still brings a scary blend of athleticism and skill to the cage.
To win this fight, "Indio" should look to use his explosive Muay Thai skills to finish talented grappler Sato. Silva has an excellent Brazilian jiu-jitsu pedigree of his own, but Sato has never been submitted. He has been knocked out five times, however, so this is where Silva will exercise a decided advantage.
Sato, on the other hand, is probably going to look to take this fight to the mat. A student of Japanese MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba, Sato has excellent Catch wrestling that he's used to submit six of his opponents. Sato shouldn't be scared to test the ground skills of Silva. If Sato can neutralize his opponent's striking edge, he could have a chance to make this fight ugly and score a huge upset.
It's just highly unlikely.
Silva is a massive favorite in this bout, and for good reason. It's hard to bet on a debuting fighter, especially one matched up against a monster like Silva. Sato will need to avoid the very real Octagon jitters and beat the toughest opponent of his career in Silva's home country, all at the same time.
That's far from an easy task. On paper, this fight looks like a match-up to help Silva get back some of the confidence he built up during his early UFC run. There's no doubt Sato has a very dangerous submission game, but will he even get the chance to use it on Saturday night? It could be a short night for him if he doesn't.
This Saturday Night (February 15, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Viscardi Andrade and Nicholas Musoke will square off on the main card of UFC Fight Night 36 from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.
Both fighters recently made their UFC debuts with a splash. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Brazil veteran Andrade finished Bristol Marunde with a first round technical knockout at UFC 163. He's won his last seven mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts.
Musoke scored an upset over Octagon veteran Alessio Sakara at UFC Fight Night 30, submitting "Legionarius" with a first round armbar. "Nico" is on a seven-fight unbeaten streak of his own.
With both of Andrade and Musoke proven finishers, this bout could be an under-the-radar candidate for "Fight of the Night." Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Andrade vs. Musoke:
Record: 17-5 overall, 1-0 UFC
Key Wins: Bristol Marunde (UFC 163)
Key Losses: Yuri Alcantara (Jungle Fight 19: Warriors), Charles Oliveira (Predador FC 9)
Record: 11-2-1(1) overall, 1-0 UFC
Key Wins: Alessio Sakara (UFC Fight Night 30)
Key Losses: None
Andrade is an extremely well rounded fighter who has spent his entire career fighting in his native Brazil. He's racked up five knockouts, six submissions, and six decision wins. With only two stoppage losses on his record, he's also extremely tough to finish.
He'll face a very tough opponent in Musoke. Andrade has finished his last three opponents with strikes, so expect him to come out looking to end this one early with a barrage a punches. If he can't accomplish that goal, he'll likely seek a dominant position on the ground to go for his lethal rear naked choke.
Musoke has a similarly well-balanced way of dispatching his opponents, but he goes to the judges' scorecards a bit less. In recent bouts, "Nico" has relied on his grappling more than his striking. With Andrade on a vicious streak of striking stoppages, expect that trend to continue at UFC Fight Night 36. Musoke should look to weather Andrade's initial storm and turn this bout into a grappling contest.
That's far from a guarantee of success, but at least Musoke will be more in his comfort zone. This is a match-up of two fighters who have mirroring skillsets and nearly identical win streaks, so every possible advantage will be crucial. It won't only be crucial in terms of picking up the win, but also in making an impression with the UFC brass. Welterweight is a tough division right now; going undefeated in your first two bouts looks great on the resume.
These fighters are motivated to make a name for themselves. A slugfest favors Andrade, while a submission battle tips the scales in Musoke's favor. Don't be surprised if these two both end up taking home a bonus check late on Saturday night.
More free UFC fights are coming to Fight Pass online digital network and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., Feb. 15, 2014) when UFC Fight Night 36: "Machida vs Mousasi" mixed martial arts (MMA) event kicks off from Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC Fight Night 36 "Prelims" party with part one of a two-part under card preview series.
Before every fight card, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans toggle between possible scenarios and what to expect days before it all unfolds in front of their eyes. Probable outcomes, distinguishable facts and head-scratching theories are all part of the mystique that surrounds the fights on any given night. We ask ourselves the same questions … and try to come out with different answers.
This Saturday Night (February 15, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweights Charles Oliveira and Andy Ogle will kick off the main card of UFC Fight Night 36 from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.
At only 24-years-old, Oliveira already has nine Octagon fights under his belt. "Do Bronx" was last seen dropping a decision to former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 162. Before that, he lost to surging No. 4-ranked contender Cub Swanson. Despite a middling record in UFC, "Do Bronx" has proven he's willing to take on the best in the world.
Ogle, on the other hand, has compiled a subpar record against lesser competition. All three of his fights in the Octagon have gone the distance, with his only win coming against Josh Grispi at UFC on Fuel TV 7. He was last seen losing to Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 30. "Little Axe" is in dire need of a win if he wants to keep his job.
Pivotal stakes are on the line. Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Oliveira vs. Ogle:
Record: 16-4(1) overall, 4-4(1) UFC
Key Wins: Darren Elkins (UFC on Versus 2), Jonathon Brookins (TUF 15 Finale), Efrain Escudero (UFC Fight Night 22)
Key Losses: Frankie Edgar (UFC 162), Cub Swanson (UFC 152), Jim Miller (UFC 124), Donald Cerrone (UFC on Versus 5)
Record: 9-3 overall, 1-2 UFC
Key Wins: Josh Grispi (UFC on Fuel TV 7)
Key Losses: Cole Miller (UFC Fight Night 30), Akira Corassani (UFC on Fuel TV 5)
With three "Submission of the Night" bonuses to his name, Oliveira is one of the featherweight division's most dangerous ground artists. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt will be looking to make Ogle his tenth submission victim, but it won't be easy. Ogle has only tapped out once and went the distance with noted submission specialist Miller. "Do Bronx's" kickboxing is beginning to catch up to his mat skills, so overall Ogle should be in for his toughest fight.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 veteran Ogle needs a win to prove he can compete in UFC. Oliveira has shared the cage with some of the best lightweights in the world, so his experience edge will be massive. Ogle needs to use his kickboxing to stay one step ahead of Oliveira. He has some good chokes but really shouldn't risk going to the ground with Oliveira.
Overall, this bout is not unlike Oliveira's UFC 162 bout with Edgar in that it's unevenly matched on paper. This time around, Oliveira is the overwhelming favorite. He has the potential to become a force at featherweight; he just needs a few consecutive wins to build his confidence after being thrown to the wolves early on in his UFC career.
Ogle is a tough competitor, but he's not quite on the same level as Oliveira. Barring any unforeseen developments, those wins should begin this Saturday night for "Do Bronx".
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing its brand of mixed martial arts (MMA) back to Brazil for UFC Fight Night 36, headlined by a middleweight match-up pitting Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi. And more than half the finalized card will be streamed on the "Fight Pass" digital network.
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