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Check out all the info you need regarding UFC Fight Night 38: “Shogun vs. Henderson 2,” which takes place TONIGHT (Sun., March 23, 2014) at Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The main attraction features a rematch between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Dan Henderson, meeting for the second time since their epic UFC 139 clash. The main card and the “Prelims” can be seen on FOX Sports 1, with two bouts also airing exclusively on “Fight Pass” digital network.
The complete UFC Fight Night 38 fight card will air this later evening (Sun., March 23, 2014) on FOX Sports 1. Here's how to catch tonight's "Shogun vs. Henderson 2" mixed martial arts (MMA) action LIVE from all available locations.
"Formiga" is in need of a big performance tonight (Sun., March 23, 2014) to make a name for himself in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). And he has the opportunity to do that against former top-ranked Bantamweight contender, Scott Jorgensen, at UFC Fight Night 38 ... in his home country no less.
The main event of tonight's (Sun., March, 23, 2014) UFC Fight Night 38: "Henderson vs. Shogun 2" event on Fox Sports 1 in Brazil will feature Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua in a rematch of their legendary showdown from UFC 139. Are there title implications? Not really, but it's a rematch from one of the greatest fights in history. What more do you need?
After their epic battle at UFC 139 more than two years ago, Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will meet in the Octagon again tonight (Sun., March 23, 2014) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 38. There is nothing to expect but another wild battle between these two warriors.
Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson will finally square off in the long-awaited rematch of their UFC 139 classic in the main event of UFC Fight Night 38 this Sunday night (March 23, 2014). With "Hendo" reeling from three straight losses, can "Shogun" finally get on a UFC win streak? Read our fight preview to find out!
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweights Cezar Ferreira and CB Dollaway will go to war this Sunday night (March 23, 2014) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 38, airing live on FOX Sports 1 from Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil" 1 winner Ferreira has been on a tear as of late, winning his last three mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts. "Mutante" was last seen defeating Daniel Sarafian via split decision at UFC Fight Night 32.
After winning two straight over Sarafian and Jason Miller, Dollaway lost his last fight, a split decision to Tim Boetsch at UFC 166. Overall "Doberman" has lost three out of his past five and badly needs a win to hold onto any shred of relevancy.
That could make him a dangerous man, or one that's simply on the way out.
Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Ferreira vs. Dollaway:
Record: 7-2 overall, 3-0 UFC
Key Wins: Daniel Sarafian (UFC Fight Night 32), Sergio Moraes (UFC 147), Thiago Santos (UFC 163)
Key Losses: Antonio Braga Neto (XFC Brazil 1)
Record: 13-5 overall, 7-5 UFC
Key Wins: Jason Miller (UFC 146), Daniel Sarafian (UFC on FX 8)
Key Losses: Mark Munoz (UFC on Versus 3), Tim Boetsch (UFC 166), Tom Lawlor (UFC 100)
Vitor Belfort-trained protégé "Mutante" is a freakishly large and powerful middleweight, hence the nickname. His game has been progressing by leaps and bounds as a member of South Florida's Blackzilians team.
His takedown offense looked effective against Sarafian, but his stand-up left something to be desired. Still, he has three knockout wins in seven total victories, making him a serious threat to Dollaway, who's been finished by strikes twice.
With a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, "Mutante's" submissions are probably his best weapon. However, it's going to be tough to get NCAA Division I All-American wrestler Dollaway in many disadvantageous positions on the mat. Ferreira was able to take down Sarafian relatively easily; that most likely won't be the case against Dollaway.
Still, Ferreira has the skills to submit Dollaway.
"Doberman" has a decent record in UFC, but he lacks a signature win to give him any true relevancy. He's been extremely inconsistent in the Octagon, so defeating Ferreira is the only chance he has to right the ship. He has to stay focused on the task at hand because "Mutante" can end any fight in an instant.
The TUF 7 veteran has a well-rounded game, but hasn't really dispatched anyone with strikes lately. He's been mostly content to use his wrestling to decision his foes, and he may be able to do something similar to Ferreira. He just can't get careless and find himself in a fight-ending submission hold.
Although Cezar Ferreira vs. CB Dollaway is another close match-up on paper, I think it's "Mutante" who continues to grow in his MMA skills and abilities. It's tough to say the same about the stagnating Dollaway. Eager to put on a show for his homeland fans, expect Ferreira to score his fourth straight Octagon victory at UFC Fight Night 38.
Final Prediction: Ferreira def. Dollaway via submission
MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 38 headliner Shogun Rua, who will look to remain in the win column when he collides with Dan Henderson once again this Sunday night (March 23, 2014) at Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
This Sunday night (March 23, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweights Leonardo Santos and Norman Parke will battle on the main card of UFC Fight Night 38, airing live on FOX Sports 1 from Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil.
Both fighters bring impressive win streaks into the pivotal mixed martial arts (MMA) bout.
Last seen at UFC on Fuel TV 10 last year, Santos defeated William Macario to win The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil" 2. "Lamparao" has won six straight.
Not to be outdone, TUF: "Smashes" lightweight winner Parke has won nine straight. The Irish-born grappler won a decision over Jon Tuck at UFC Fight Night 30 in his latest bout.
Given the mat skills of both fighters, this one is tough to predict. Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Santos vs. Parke:
Record: 12-3 overall, 1-0 UFC
Key Wins: William Macario (UFC Fight Night 30)
Key Losses: Takanori Gomi (Shooto Treasure Hunt 7)
Record: 19-2 overall, 3-0 UFC
Key Wins: Jon Tuck (UFC Fight Night 30), Kazuki Tokudome (UFC 162), Colin Fletcher (TUF: The Smashes Finale)
Key Losses: Joseph Duffy (Spartan Fight Challenge)
Training at Nova Uniao with UFC champs Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, Santos enjoys the knowledge of arguably the best camp in the sport. He's been training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu since the ripe age of five and has eight submissions in 12 wins. Despite Parke's vast mat knowledge, "Stormin" has tapped out in his only two losses, so there's a solid chance Santos can submit him on the ground.
Neither fighter is extremely proficient in the striking department, but Parke has more knockouts with three. Santos only has one, so Parke should hold a slight advantage standing. That could become a huge factor if the grappling prowess of both fighters turns this into a kickboxing match.
However, Santos is so slick on the ground that he may be able to end Parke's long win streak. It won't be easy, but Santos appears to be hitting his stride. Parke has to prove that he can ascend to the next level, and that journey begins this Sunday night.
An edge won't be easy to come by. Expect a ground war to favor Santos while a stand-up affair goes to Parke.
In a battle of TUF contract winners, Leonardo Santos and Norman Parke have a ton of momentum heading into UFC Fight Night 38; so much so that's it hard to determine a clear favorite. While Parke is no doubt hungry and talented, I think Santos' motivation and will to improve will push him over the top here.
Final Prediction: Santos def. Parke via submission
Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 38: "Shogun vs. Henderson 2" international mixed martial arts (MMA) event that is set to hit Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, this Sunday afternoon (March 23, 2014), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more.
What does victory mean for Mauricio Rua, Dan Henderson, Cezar Ferreira and C.B. Dollaway this Sunday night (March 23, 2014) at UFC Fight Night 38 in Natal, Brazil? We explore the consequences below.
This Sunday night (March 23, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweights Fabio Maldonado and Gian Villante will go to war on the main card of UFC Fight Night 38, airing live on FOX Sports 1 from Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil.
Maldonado was last seen defeating Joey Beltran via split decision at UFC Fight Night 29. The former boxer has won two straight mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts after dropping three straight.
Villante won his last fight as well, defeating Cody Donovan by technical knockout at UFC 167. He lost his previous bout to rising star Ovince St. Preux at UFC 159.
With 19 knockout finishes between them, this bout could turn into a firefight. Let's take a look at the keys to victory:
Record: 20-6 overall, 3-3 UFC
Key Wins: Joey Beltran (UFC Fight Night 29), Roger Hollett (UFC on FX 8), James McSweeney (TUF 13 Finale)
Key Losses: Glover Teixeira (UFC 153), Igor Pokrajac (UFC on FUEL TV 3)
Record: 11-4 overall, 1-1 UFC
Key Wins: Cody Donovan (UFC 167), Derrick Mehmen (Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier)
Key Losses: Ovince St. Preux (UFC 159), Lorenz Larkin (Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry)
Iron-chinned slugger Maldonado has a pretty clear-cut gameplan heading into his fights. He plods forward with his boxing, never afraid to take a few shots to land one of his own. That strategy has produced mixed results in UFC thus far, and Maldonado's takedown defense is going to have to be sharp to defeat Villante.
Former wrestler and NCAA football player Villante brings a ton of athleticism to the table. He's proved to be effective on the feet, but there's simply no reason to engage Maldonado where he's strongest. Villante should look to take this fight to the ground and grind out a victory. It's going to be next to impossible to finish Maldonado with strikes, so Villante has to be ready for the long haul in Natal.
Neither of these fighters is very proficient in the submission game, but Villante could potentially find an opening for a choke if he can maintain dominant position on the mat. The outlook for this fight is rather rudimentary. A slugfest greatly favors Maldonado, while an ugly wresting-based affair tips the scales in Villante's favor.
Fabio Maldonado and Gian Villante need a win to gain some much-needed relevancy at 205 pounds. Villante is a talented athlete with great potential, but I think that Maldonado's striking, toughness, and Octagon experience gives him a slight edge here.
Final Prediction: Maldonado def. Villante via technical knockout
More free UFC fights are coming to Fight Pass online digital network and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sun., March 23, 2014) when UFC Fight Night 38: "Shogun vs. Henderson 2" mixed martial arts (MMA) event kicks off from Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC Fight Night 38 "Prelims" party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part under card preview series.
MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 38 headliner Dan Henderson, who will look to steer out of a three-fight losing skid when he collides with Shogun Rua once again this Sunday night (March 23, 2014) at Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
This Sunday night (March 23, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweights Michel Prazeres and Mairbek Taisumov will square off on the main card of UFC Fight Night 38, airing live on FOX Sports 1 from Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil.
Prazeres recently picked up his first UFC win with a split decision over Jesse Ronson at UFC 165. Prior to that, he sustained the only loss of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career at last year's UFC on FX 8, dropping his Octagon debut to longtime vet Paulo Thiago.
Austrian Taisumov made his promotional debut earlier this year, winning a decision over Tae Hyun Bang at UFC Fight Night 34 in January. He'll make an incredibly quick turnaround to face the dangerous Prazeres.
Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Prazeres vs. Taisumov:
Record: 17-1 overall, 1-1 UFC
Key Wins: Jesse Ronson (UFC 165)
Key Losses: Paulo Thiago (UFC on FX 8)
Record: 21-4 overall, 1-0 UFC
Key Wins: Tae Hyun Bang (UFC Fight Night 34)
Key Losses: None
With eight submissions wins and only one knockout on his MMA record, it's safe to say Prazeres is a grappling specialist. He'll be looking to get this fight to the ground and neutralize Taisumov's sizeable striking abilities, but he can't sleep on "Beckan," either. Taisumov has nine submissions of his own and should be a force anywhere the fight goes.
That gives him an edge over Prazeres. Taisumov has the option of keeping this fight standing or going to the ground, but if he's smart, he'll look to pick apart Prazeres on the feet. Prazeres has won eight decisions, but Taisumov has only one victory from the judges' scorecards.
That should mean a grinding affair favors Prazeres while a faster paced match leans towards a Taisumov victory. Prazeres will have the benefit of his home Brazilian fans behind him, but Taisumov has proven to be a stone cold killer in the cage.
With precious little Octagon experience between them, this bout could be an unpredictable one. However, expect Taisumov to be the fresher and more complete fighter of the two, giving him a small edge in Natal.
Michel Prazeres and Mairbek Taisumov have a chance to keep their UFC momentum rolling at UFC Fight Night 38. While both are lethal finishers on the mat, it's Taisumov's power striking that could make the difference here. If Prazeres struggles to find a dominant position on the ground, it's going to be a long night for him.
Final Prediction: Taisumov def. Prazeres via unanimous decision
More free UFC fights are coming to Fight Pass online digital network and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sun., March 23, 2014) when UFC Fight Night 38: "Shogun vs. Henderson 2" mixed martial arts (MMA) event kicks off from Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC Fight Night 38 "Prelims" party with part one of a two-part under card preview series.
This Sunday night (March 23, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweights Rony Jason and Steven Siler will face off on the main card of UFC Fight Night 38, airing live on FOX Sports 1 from Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil.
Jason suffered his first Octagon defeat in his last bout, a first round head kick knockout at the hands of the dangerous Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 32. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil" 1 winner was so angry at the 40-second drubbing that he badly injured his hand after punching a wall backstage.
He'll have to put that anger aside and stay focused on Siler, who lost his last mixed martial arts (MMA) bout to TUF 14 alum Dennis Bermudez at UFC Fight Night 31. Prior to that, Siler had reeled off two consecutive wins in the Octagon.
Given the lethal finishing ability of both fighters, this bout could end very quickly. Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Jason vs. Siler:
Record: 13-4 overall, 3-1 UFC
Key Wins: Sam Sicilia (UFC 153), Godofredo Castro (UFC 147)
Key Losses: Renan Barao (Cage Fight Nordestre), Jeremy Stephens (UFC Fight Night 32)
Record: 23-11 overall, 5-2 UFC
Key Wins: Mike Brown (UFC Fight Night 26), Cole Miller (UFC on FX 2)
Key Losses: Dennis Bermudez (UFC Fight Night 31)
Jason is a talented all-around fighter who has gained eight wins by submission. He's never tapped out himself, but he has been knocked out three times. After his devastating loss to Stephens last year, you can bet he'll be extra careful about absorbing strikes. But, he can't let that cloud his gameplan and make him fight tentatively, so this bout is going to be a very telling one for the Brazilian mat wizard.
Not to be outdone, Siler has put 13 opponents away with finishing holds. He also showed improved striking in his UFC Fight Night 26 knockout win over former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champion Mike Brown. His best bet to win is to keep this fight standing, because even though he has a dangerous ground game, he's also been submitted five times.
Going to the ground is definitely not a recipe for success against Jason, so Siler needs to sprawl out some takedowns and win any subsequent striking exchanges. Stephens got Jason to overcommit on a takedown attempt, causing him to run right into a vicious kick, but he most likely won't make the same mistake twice. Because of that, Siler needs to stick and move rather than searching for a huge knockout on an overcautious opponent.
Jason will be more than motivated to put a stamp on Siler, so "Super" needs to be on the lookout. He's lost nine of his 11 defeats by way of finish, and Jason is a scary finisher. That doesn't bode well for Siler. He'll need to fight his best UFC bout to emerge victorious in Brazil.
Two solid TUF alums will kick off the UFC Fight Night 38 main card. While both have decent all-around skillets, Jason should be the more motivated of the two. The Brazilian is also tougher to put away, so I think he earns the nod here.
Final Prediction: Jason def. Siler via unanimous decision
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing its brand of mixed martial arts (MMA) back to Brazil for UFC Fight Night 38, headlined by a light heavyweight rematch pitting Shogun Rua against Dan Henderson, airing on FOX Sports 1 with prelim bouts streaming live on the new "Fight Pass" digital network.
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